KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches announced on Wednesday the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award recipients for the Fall 2018 high school and college seasons and the Calvin men's soccer team has been so honored. The awards recognize a total of 167 collegiate teams across the country for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game.
Calvin is one of only four men's teams at all levels to receive the award.
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 cards received by players/coaches divided by the team's total number of games played.
Led by head coach Ryan Souders, the Calvin men's soccer team is being honored at the bronze level for the second straight year. In 24 total games played during the recently completed 2018 season, Calvin received just 10 yellow cards and no red cards.
"This award is something we work towards every year," said Souders. "It, combined with some of the results this year showcase the great character and discipline of our guys. We are really proud to have earned this."
Calvin has now received the United Soccer Coaches College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive year. The Knights were recognized at the silver level in 2016.
This fall, Calvin advanced to the 2018 national championship final for the second time in three years and for the fourth time program history. The Knights advanced to the national tournament for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Calvin finished 22-2-0 on the season, claiming MIAA regular season and MIAA Tournament titles along the way. Calvin finished the year ranked second in the final D3soccer.com Top 25 poll and final United Soccer Coaches Division III Top 25 poll.