by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced the 2009 Team Ethics Award winners and the Georgia College & State University soccer team was listed as a Bronze recipient.
This is the second consecutive ethics honor for the program, as the Bobcats received the silver award last year. Georgia College was the only Peach Belt Conference (PBC) team to get this year's Ethics Award and was among just a handful of schools in the Southeast Region as well.
"We are very proud of the team for earning this recognition in back to back years, while winning is important to us and the program, we set goals to represent the school well on and off the field," said head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "This is an award which reflects positively on the team, the department and Georgia College."
Sixty-eight teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award, which 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. Bronze winners were only allowed a maximum of 10 yellow cards and no red cards.
Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats at 10-6-5. Georgia College continues to be one of the top teams in the conference, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school. The Bobcats also took the most positions on the PBC All-Academic Team, getting nine players on that list. The 2009 campaign also saw goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) named the program's first All-American.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.