Waves Earn NSCAA Team Sportsmanship Award
Jan. 6, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its 2013 Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award Winners and the Pepperdine women's soccer team made the silver list. The Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given out each year and recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.
A total of 156 teams, spanning all levels and divisions of collegiate soccer, claimed the silver award this year for having no red cards and no more than five yellow cards accumulated during the season. A total of 26 teams earned the gold award for having no cards issued during the season.
"Considering the schedule we play, I am incredibly proud of the way our girls have not only performed this past fall, but the way they have conducted themselves along the way," said head coach Tim Ward. "We take great care to recruit and develop women of character here at Pepperdine. We believe in playing the game with a certain joy and spirit. Specifically, that spirit means playing the game in a way that would be honoring to our families, teammates, opponents, coaches, university, and most importantly, to God."
Playing to a 10-7-2 record, the Waves accumulated just two yellow cards all season, while their opposition racked up eight yellows and one red against them. In the past four seasons Pepperdine has not had more than eight yellows and two of the four years has had less than five. The team also hasn't had a single red card in that time.
"Over the past few years, our disciplinary record would have to be one of the best in Division I soccer and that is something we will always expect of our players here in Malibu," said Ward.