NYU Soccer Teams Earn Sportsmanship Awards

NYU Soccer Teams Earn Sportsmanship Awards

From NYU Athletics

The New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) membership which, which includes nearly 100 intercollegiate soccer officials in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, plus Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, recognized New York University as its Sportsmanship Award recipients for the 2015 season.

NYU swept the Sportsmanship Awards on both the men's and women's side of four-year college programs. It's the first time that programs from the same college swept the sportsmanship awards since Stony Brook University did it in 2004. NYU men's coach Kim Wyant and NYU women's coach Michele Canning were honored at the annual NYMISOA Awards Dinner at The Sterling in Bethpage, NY, on November 9.

Wyant was on hand to accept the awards for both programs.

"At NYU, from preseason on, we tell the players that the referee does not decide the game but the players do," Wyant said. "We coaches want our team captains to speak to the officials during the game, as well, rather than us doing it. These sportsmanship awards mean a great deal to our program." 

The men's sportsmanship award is named after Dr. Allen Feld, who officiated with NYMISOA for four decades, while the women's sportsmanship award is named after Bob Blitz, who emphasized sportsmanship as coach of the LIU Post women in the 1990's before his sad passing from cancer.

The NYU women captured the ECAC Metro/Upstate Championship on Sunday, defeating Rutgers-Newark University 2-1 in the Championship Game.