A perfect season for the UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team nets them the conference's Fair Play award.
The women's soccer team wasn't perfect in the won-loss column but were perfect in their style of play in their 2018-19 Canada West campaign.
The Heat, behind the leadership of coaches Craig Smith (head coach), Carli Tingstad (lead assistant), and Kai Tolpinrud (keeper coach) and a solid veteran core with captains Linsey Berthelsen and Ally Ferronato, played the entire 14 match schedule without receiving a card.
Although not a particularly rare achievement, going through a season without getting so much as a yellow card is a record-setting one nonetheless.
Coaches Smith and Tingstad, not surprisingly, were very proud of the sportsmanship displayed by their team and pointed out how the senior players on the overall very young team made it easy to follow their lead, playing hard and still be competitive.
Coach Tingstad had these thoughts on the award.
"This is a testament to our captains, Ally and Lindsey both played the sport the right way, they were not big with speeches but they led the team with their play on the pitch. They will be sorely missed next year, as both are graduating this spring, but we have such a great group of young players we already can't wait for next season."
Every year the Canada West conference recognizes the least penalized team in the conference, signifying a level of sportsmanship amongst the entire roster. This is the first time that UBC Okanagan has been awarded from the Canada West conference.