Women’s Soccer: Seawolves Earn Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award

Sonoma State University Athletics

Kansas City, Mo. – It was recently announced that the Sonoma States women’s soccer program was a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Silver Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes a total of 167 high school and college men’s and women’s teams across the country for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game during the 2018 fall season. The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given to United Soccer Coaches members at four levels. Teams honored at the platinum level went an entire season without a player or coach receiving a yellow card or red card. Teams honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%) and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on a percentage calculated by the total number of yellow cards received by players and coaches, divided by the team’s total number of games played. A team may not have received any red cards during the regular season or postseason. The Seawolves garnered the Silver Award, on the basis of collecting just three yellow cards over its 25 matches (15%). “As a program, we consistently talk about practicing qualities of good sportsmanship.  Being super competitive does not mean that a team has to be hyper-aggressive or out-of-control beyond the rules of the game,” said Head Coach Emiria Salzmann Dunn. “In fact, being poised means testing your limits without being offensive.  For us to win this award shows that our athletes can be both poised and competitive, which makes our staff very proud.” Of the 167 teams recognized, 104 were from the college ranks, with 100 on the women’s side and four on the men’s, the latter all at the bronze level. Sonoma State was one of three NCAA Division II West Region and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) representatives, joined by the UC San Diego women at the silver level (12.5%) and Cal Poly Pomona women at the bronze (50%). The Seawolves …

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