GREENVILLE, SC - OCU men's soccer has been awarded the 2013 Layton Shoemaker Sportsmanship Award by the NCCAA and the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA). The Shoemaker award is given annually to the team who best exemplifies sportsmanship and Christian character at the NCCAA National Tournament. The award is voted on by soccer officials who work the games at the NCCAA National Tournament.
The award is named after the late Layton Shoemaker, a pioneer at Messiah College, who helped create a winning culture by integrating faith and sport. Shoemaker firmly believed the preparation and character development off of the field would directly impact the results on the field and that the two were inseparable.
"This is a humbling honor for us to receive such recognition from the NISOA and the NCCAA," states Head Coach Josh Murton. "Our main focus is our relationship with God and we really want that relationship to permeate into every area of our lives, including the sport of soccer. Being selected for this award is a huge achievement for our program and we are proud to graciously receive it."