Dec. 26 - Kansas City, Mo. - Since taking over the Hiram College women's soccer team three seasons ago, head coach Michael Cracas has aimed to make his team a positive representation of Terrier Athletics both on and off the field. Once again, he and the team have added another building block to that as the Terriers were awarded with a Silver honor in the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship award, announced the United Soccer Coaches.
This is the third-consecutive season in which the Terriers have earned the award from the NSCAA, and the second time which they have been garnered with a silver-level honor.
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.
In all, the USC recognized 162 team from all across the athletics landscape - both high school and college - for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game.
"Each time we step on the field we want to make sure our team plays with passion and energy, but also does so in the right way," remarked Cracas of the award.
"As a program, we are continuing to do the right things both on, and off, the field. By doing so, we hope to cultivate a culture that players are proud to be a part of."