Both the Anderson University men’s and women’s soccer teams won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award for the 2012 season. This is the second year in a row both teams have won the award, and the fourth year in total for the men, a record among NCAA Div. III men’s teams.
To achieve the award, according to the NSCAA website, a team may not have received any red cards at any time during the season. The NSCAA provides three levels of the award: gold, silver, and bronze. The men’s team received the bronze award for having fewer than 10 yellow cards and zero red cards. The women’s team won the silver award for having two yellow cards and zero red cards.
“To go through the entire season with a men’s team and get less than 10 yellow cards and zero red cards is absolutely amazing,” said Men’s Soccer Coach Scott Fridley. “It is a tribute to the leadership of the team and to the team members themselves, who are able to stay in control and keep their heads in the heat of battle. The team has to show a lot of self-control and restraint when dealing with other teams.”
Fridley encourages team captains Brad Rusche and Reid Martin to set an example for the team. “Rusche and Martin’s leadership has been a big part of why we win these awards. Attitude reflects leadership,” said Fridley.
Rusche is a junior majoring in entrepreneurship. He has been on the team since his freshman year. Rusche recognizes the positive player/coach relationship that is necessary to win this award. “Every practice we spend time discussing the importance of playing with character,” said Rusche. “Coach Fridley is not only coach, but a father figure to the team.”
Photo: The 2012 Anderson University Men's Soccer Team]
Women's Soccer Coach Jennifer Myhre also stresses the importance of setting a good example among her players. “As a team, we focus on playing the game with class and sportsmanship, representing ourselves and AU in a positive manner. We want to keep true to the game itself and not use outside means to try and get ahead,” said Myhre. “We stress the importance of leading by example and making sure that we are walking the talk. It's a great group of women who support and encourage each other and who do not allow the heat of the game to get to them.”
Wynne O’Neal, sophomore athletic training major and AU women’s soccer team captain, had nothing but good things to say about the team. “Everyone on our team had great attitudes throughout the entire season. We were respectful to other teams, as well as ourselves,” said O’Neal.
Photo: The 2012 Anderson University Women's Soccer Team]
The AU men’s and women’s soccer teams have set the bar for future seasons. “I am thankful to be able to impact lives, to see the team grow both on and off the field, and to come together as a family. I am blessed to be able to share my passion of soccer and be part of a program where we all love the game,” said Myhre. “The program is more than the game itself. We talk about playing the game we love, with the girls we love, for a God we love.”
— Tiffany Vega is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Vega is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications. The NSCAA logo is used by permission of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.