Archbold Girls Soccer Team Receives Sportsmanship Award
The 2011 Archbold varsity girls soccer team, which advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history, received the 2011 team sportsmanship award from the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.
The Streaks, who finished 19-2-1, also were named an Academic All-Ohio squad by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Mindy Rupp, Carley Wyse, and Sierra Nofziger received individual academic awards from the NWOSSCA.
Archbold won the first Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer title, followed by sectional, district, and regional titles.
“Obviously, all the wins this year were great,” said Jennifer Kidder, volunteer coach.
“The league title was huge, sectional championship, district championship, and regional championship and making it to the final four was amazing.
“But what we hope that people are most proud of with these girls is receiving the sportsmanship award because they were nominated by other teams. It’s not something that we went out and said, ‘our girls deserve this.’
“Other teams that we played are the ones that nominated them and said that they’re just nice girls. They came to play the game and they’re not out to hurt anybody.
“They just play the game because they love it, and they want to do their best. They want to represent their school, their community, and their families.”
To receive the award, a team must be nominated by three other teams; then the nomination is put up for a vote.
One example of the sportsmanship exhibited by the team occurred after an opponent got hurt.
“We called (the opposing coach) to check on his player, like we typically do, because she (the player) went off in the ambulance. He said ‘Jennifer, I just want you to know, our girls came away from that game saying that they would play' us any day.
“They loved playing a team like us.
“You know, you fight hard on the field to do your very best, but at the end of the game it was nice to shake hands with a team that appreciated the competition and appreciated that they were all individuals, and they all just wanted to do their best.
“(The other coach said), ‘you know, so many times we go and play games and it’s just dirty and it’s not even soccer.’
"He said, ‘it wasn’t like that, and from what I’ve heard it’s not like that with any of the teams that you play.’
“So that meant a lot to us, that the girls represented themselves well.
"We were so pleased with that, and we let the parents know immediately when that happened.”
Receiving the sportsmanship award is “a huge accomplishment, and it means more than winning every single game and a state championship in my book.”
Sportsmanship is “the most important thing, we think,” said Kidder.
“Our greatest accomplishment this season is that award.”