While the Missouri Military Academy varsity soccer Fighting Colonels may have come up short during this year’s postseason run, the team earned accolades for another type of performance on the field.
At its first annual banquet Saturday, January 5, members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) awarded the 2012 Fighting Colonels the Team Sportsmanship Award after displaying outstanding examples of honorable and respectable play on the pitch.
MMA was one of four finalists for this year’s award, which is voted by high school soccer coaches from all around the state. Canton High School, Duchesne High School, and Lutheran South High School were also nominated. The finalists receive votes by member schools from all member schools from Missouri Classes 1, 2, and 3.
The 2012 squad presented the award to the school, accepted by Academy president Mr. Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge.
Head coach CPT Eric Reynolds says he received numerous compliments about his players from a number of coaches at the banquet.
When receiving the award, Reynolds said Chris Miller, head coach of Colonels’ district rival Southern Boone approached him and said, “I faced this team three times this season and I have seen them win with dignity, lose with dignity, and treat their opponents with the utmost respect every time they set foot on the pitch regardless of the outcome. MMA’s soccer program is a class act and stands out more than any team in the state.”
Fatima head coach Kirby Keith added, “[the] boys have done an amazing job turning around the soccer program at MMA. They are very deserving of this award and represent everything the sport of soccer is about. Please congratulate them on my behalf.”
The honor is just the latest public recognition of MMA soccer players. Last month, the MSHSSCA named seniors Jose Garcia ’13 and Jesus Gonzalez ’13 as honorable mentions to the Missouri Class 1 All-State team.