Rewarded for its fair play throughout the 2017 season, MSUB’s women’s soccer team claims the United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics & Sportsmanship award. (Photo courtesy MSU Billings)

(MSU Billings release)

BILLINGS – Being recognized for its clean play throughout the 2017 season, the Montana State University Billings women’s soccer team earned the Team Ethics & Sportsmanship award announced by the United Soccer Coaches last week.

The Yellowjackets earned the silver level of the honor, which is designated for teams whose accumulation of yellow and red cards falls between 11-30 percent of its games played. MSUB had five yellow cards and zero red cards in 17 games played (29.4 percent).

“We are very happy to be receiving this award again,” commented first-year MSUB head coach Stephen Cavallo. “Each year, we set out to play the game with class and dignity, and we have done that again this year. I hope our student-athletes take a lot of pride in this award.”

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MSUB was the only team – women’s or men’s – from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference recognized with the award, which was granted to 162 college and high school teams across the country. Among the college division winners were 10 schools that claimed platinum status, after not receiving a single yellow or red card during the 2017 season.

This is the seventh time since the 2008 season that MSUB’s women’s soccer team has received the award, and the third time in the last four seasons. The ‘Jackets finished the season with an overall record of 3-12-2, and finished in sixth place in the GNAC standings at 2-8-2 in conference play.