Five Owls Earn All-South Region Honors
Start Time vs. Bears Set For 5 PM In Waco
Rice Owls Get Scary Amount of C-USA Soccer Postseason Honors
Photos by Erik Williams as the Rice Soccer team defeated FAU 6-2 on Sept. 15, 2017
Photos from the Owls' 4-1 Labor Day victory over crosstown rival Houston.
Rice Soccer team's Aug. 13 exhibition match vs. Stephen F. Austin
2016: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Earned the Rice Soccer Warrior Award (as the Owl who plays with the most heart and desire in both practices and games); Played in all 17 contests with 16 starts... Finished second on the team with 36 shots and was fourth with three goals (all of which were in road games)... Scored just 2:31 into the start of the Tulsa match, but biggest goal of the year was the game-winner in the 97th minute of overtime on the road against C-USA power Florida Atlantic... Proved to be an offensive catalyst, tying for third on the team with five assists... Tied for second on the team with a total of 11 points... Attempted a season-high five shots three different times (Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and UTEP in the C-USA Tournament... Maintained a .528 shots-on-goal percentage... Played 890 minutes, including a career-long 88 minutes against eventual Southern Conference champion Samford.
2015: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in 16 matches and worked her way into four starts up top... Finished fifth on the team with 27 shots and maintained a .333 shots-on-goal percentage... Became the 20th player in program history to have her first career goal also be the game-winning goal - a dramatic, diving header from Lauren Hughes' cross in an upset victory over SEC power Arkansas... Played 472 minutes with a season-long 83 minutes against Arkansas.
Club: Vardar standout... ODP state and regional teams 2013, 2014... ECNL Player Development Program (Central Michigan University 2014 and University of Michigan 2013)... MVP midfielder 2013 and MVP forward 2012 at UNC soccer camps... Costa Rica Event 2014 (Champions) Boca Raton Invitational 2013 and 2014... Four-star player according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
High School: Attending Grand Blanc High school in Michigan... Helped lead soccer team to three-straight Division 1 District Championships... First team All-State honoree in 2014 and a second team All-State honoree in 2013... Three-time All-Area and All-District selection... Has led the Bobcats in scoring each of the last three years, and was named the varsity MVP as a sophomore in 2013... Outstanding AP student who is a member of the National Honor Society... Multiple years on the A Honor Roll.
Personal: Full name: Annie Patricia Walker. Parents: Jim and Terri Walker of Grand Blanc, Michigan (two brothers, one sister). Chose to attend Rice over Butler, Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan and Baylor.
Nicky Adams on Annie Walker: "Annie is a lot of fun to watch. Every time she steps on the field you can see how passionate she is about the game of soccer. She loves it. Annie is so dangerous in the final third. Tactically she is very mature. The runs she makes puts her in very dangerous positions to score goals or set up teammates. She is lethal with the ball at her feet, as she has proven her whole youth career that she is a natural goal-scorer."
Annie Walker said: "I chose Rice because when I first got on campus I kept finding more and more things that I loved. The school is beautiful and the academics and soccer program are amazing. Also, when I got to meet everyone, it felt like such a family atmosphere, which is exactly what I was looking for."