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Women's Soccer Earns United Soccer Coaches Gold Team Ethics Award

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Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Covenant women's soccer team has been honored with the United Soccer Coaches Gold Award for Team Ethics for the 2018 season, announced the association on Wednesday (Dec. 19).

This is the 12th time since 2001 that Covenant has earned a team ethics honor from the United Soccer Coaches, and the second Gold Award during that stretch. Covenant has been recognized with a Team Ethics Award in eight consecutive seasons.

The United Soccer Coaches formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) before rebranding itself last year.

In all, 167 college teams received either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award. The award system 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.

The Lady Scots, under 25th-year head coach Mark Duble, were one of 19 teams (both men and women) ranging from NCAA Division I to the NJCAA to claim a Gold Award, which is given to teams that accumulated a percentage of cards ranging from 1-10 percent based on total number of cards divided by number of matches played. On the year, Covenant registered just two yellow cards, tied for the second fewest in the USA South.

Covenant finished the year 11-8-1 overall, its 22nd winning season in program history, and advanced to the USA South Tournament semifinals for a second straight year.

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