United Soccer Coaches announced its Spring High School Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Awards with three teams receiving the Platinum Award for completing the entire 2019 season without receiving either a yellow or red card.
In all, 40 spring season teams received either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship 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 based on the number of cards accumulated divided by the number of games played (i.e., 5 cards divided by 20 games played is 0.25 or 25%, which qualifies for a Silver Award).
Twenty teams were recipients of the Gold Award, which is given to teams with a percentage of cards ranging from 1-10%. That includes the Clayton Greyhounds who were 11-8 this season, defeating rival Ladue in the District semifinal before falling to new Class 3 power St. Joseph in the Final.
Team members include Seniors Eliza Copilevitz, Devin Froehlich, Gillian Nielsen and Nicky Taghert along with Emily Bober, Paige Boeger, CeCe Cohen, Abby Cooper, Wynne Havranek, LuLu Hawley, Lauren Hill, Sara Litteken, Rachel Markenson, Kaia Mills-Lee, Ruthie Pierson,Olivia Tennill, Regan Wade, Maddie Warren, Lauren Wolff, Angela Xiao, Annie Xiao and Olivia Zindel
The Lee’s Summit West Titans were also recognized at the Gold level and Saxony Lutheran High School were Silver level winners.