Women's Soccer Garners NSCAA Ethics/Sportsmanship Gold Award
GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's soccer team was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics/Sportsmanship Gold Award recipient for the second-straight season, Thursday. The Knights were recognized for playing the entire 2013 campaign without drawing a yellow or red card in any of its 20 matches and over 1,864 minutes of play.
The Geneseo women were one of only 26 collegiate soccer teams in the nation, including every single men's or women's Division I, II, III, NAIA or community college program, not to be booked during the season. It marked the second consecutive season the Geneseo women went without a card, as they joined the women's programs from Grove City (Pa.), Houghton (N.Y.), Lackawanna (Pa.) and Massachusetts Maritime as the only five collegiate teams nationally not to draw any cards the last two years.
Geneseo has currently played 3,442:07 spanning 37 matches without drawing a card. The Knights have also not received a red card in 11,651:57 over its last 126 outings.
Geneseo's last booking came on Nov. 2, 2011 on a yellow card in the 57th minute of its 0-0 tie at Cortland in the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament (Cortland won in PKs, 3-2). The Knights' last red card came on Sept. 28, 2007 in the 58th minute of a 2-1 overtime victory against visiting New Paltz.
A total of 258 programs garnered a NSCAA Ethics/Sportsmanship award. Along with the 26 Gold recipients, 159 teams landed Silver honors (five or fewer yellow cards/no red cards) while 73 others earned Bronze recognition (10 or fewer yellow cards/no red cards).
It was the sixth-straight season the Knights earned an Ethics/Sportsmanship award after also garnering gold distinction in 2009 as well as silver in 2011, 2010 and 2008.
The Geneseo women finished the season with a 7-8-5 record, including a 4-3-2 mark in the SUNYAC that earned them the sixth seed for the conference tournament. The Knights played their way to the championship match following an upset of third-seeded Cortland on penalty kicks in the first round and a victory over second-seeded Buffalo State, 2-1, in the semifinals. Geneseo fell to Oneonta, 4-1, in the final.