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Cougar women's soccer team wins NSCAA Award

Announced earlier this month (Jan. 4) by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), the University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team was honored with the 2011 NSCAA Team Ethics Award.

The Cougars earned the Silver Award, honoring a season where they went without a single red card, while earning less than five total yellow cards.

The NSCAA handed out Gold and Bronze Ethics awards, in addition to Silver, with just 82 total teams from across all levels of both men's and women's college soccer gaining recognition. The Cougars were one of just 50 teams to win the Silver Award, while 13 claimed the highest honor, winning the Gold Award after going the entire season without a single card.

Additionally, 19 teams won the Bronze Award, honoring teams that received no red cards, and a maximum of 10 yellows.

Morris was only one of three teams from all of Minnesota, and the only Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) team to earn the honor.

The Cougars finished the season with an 11-7-4 overall mark, placing second in the UMAC with an 8-3-1 league record. After a win in the opening round of the playoffs, the Cougars advanced to the UMAC Tournament Championship Game for the first time since 2007.