Each season the coaches in the ODSL vote for a team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship toward opponents, referees and opposing fans. The prestigious award is named after Randy Rawls, one of the leagues original founders and its first President. The award honors the winner’s sense of fair play, something for which Randy was renowned as he sought to bring soccer opportunities to the youth of Northern Virginia.
BRYC is pleased to announce that the U13 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker, managed by Siobhan Starrs, becomes the first BRYC squad to have achieved the honor for the second time, after having also been honored in their first season in the league, Fall 2013. BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fairplay and we are very proud that this squad continues in that tradition.
Perhaps especially noteworthy this year is that the girls won the award despite a win-loss record that might have seriously discouraged them. Their final game bodes well for the spring season, when they tied a team from Loudoun (1-1) that went into the game with a chance for the division title, only to be derailed by a group of girls who never gave up, playing their best game of the season with a lot of heart...and great sportsmanship. Congratulations to coach Decker and the girls for a job well done.