Crusader Women's SoccerKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Belmont Abbey is one of 20 women’s soccer programs nationwide to receive inaugural Team Pinnacle Awards, the United Soccer Coaches announced today. Thirty-three high school teams and two men’s teams also received the award for the 2018-19 academic year for achieving a high level of fair play, educational excellence and success on the pitch.

To be considered for this award, teams must have received either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the High School or College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award; achieved recognition in the classroom as a recipient of the High School or College Team Academic Award; and recorded a winning percentage of .750 or higher during the respective season.

“Every year we set out to do our best, both on and off the field,” Head Coach Mike Lynch said. “To achieve all three criteria requires intentional focus and relentless effort. Kudos to the Fall 2018 team for its success.”

“This prestigious new team award designed to recognize a combination of academics, sportsmanship and athletic excellence may be the most difficult award to achieve for any soccer program,” said Steve Veal, United Soccer Coaches Awards Manager. “The award was proposed by Mike Lynch, Women’s Coach at Belmont Abbey College (N.C.) and chair of our Faith-Based Coaches Advocacy Group, and approved by our Awards Committee.”

Teams will be formally recognized at either the College Coaches Reception on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 or the High School Coaches Breakfast on Friday, Jan 17, 2020 in Baltimore, Md., as part of the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

To see a full list of winners or learn more about Abbey Athletics, click here.