KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Bemidji State University soccer team has been recognized with a 2013 College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award of Merit from the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA). The awards were distributed at the organization’s annual convention in Philadelphia Jan. 15-19.
In all, 256 teams across the country from all levels of NCAA and NAIA affiliation received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, recognizing 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 26 teams were awarded the Gold Award for completing the 2013 season without receiving a yellow or red card, 159 teams claimed the Silver Award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards, while the Bronze Award, which is presented to teams that receive no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows, went to 72 teams.
The Beavers were recognized with a Bronze Award after being whistled for just nine yellow cards during the 2013 season.
BSU has been eligible for the award each of the last three seasons.
Bemidji State completed the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 12-7-0, while it finished sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 9-6-0 mark in league play. In 2013, the Beavers posted 12-or-more wins for just the third time in program history and made their fifth consecutive appearance in the NSIC Tournament before seeing their season end after a 2-0 quarterfinal loss to University of Minnesota Duluth.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).