Rice's Beger, Fitzsimmons and LaGro Have Taken Their Soccer Careers to the Next Level
Rice Ranks Third In C-USA
Owls and Cougars Meet At 7 PM In Robertson Stadium
Rice Meets UTEP Friday at 7 pm; Sunday Is Senior Day vs. Colorado College
Rice Moves Into First Place In C-USA Standings
Versatile player with tremendous pace all over the field... Able to produce dangerous service by getting endline and creating scoring opportunities... Great combination player... Proved to be a threat in the final third of the field.
2011: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; One of five Owls to start all 21 games... Finished fourth in total minutes (1,945)... Played in 96.7 percent of the team's total action, including 90 or more minutes 17 times... Worked 110 minutes four times... Veteran on a backline that held opponents to just 11.4 shots per game, the best mark by the program in four years? Scored the game-winning goal in the home-opener vs. McNeese State? Tallied a goal against Sam Houston State on a season-high three shots... Matched the season-high in shots three more times... Finished with 26 shots, including 12 on-goal... Maintained a .462 shots-on-goal percentage... Tallied assists on goals in back-to-back victories over Western Kentucky and UAB... Served the long pass for the assist on Nikki Storness' game-winning goal against WKU.
2010: National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region (second team); All-Conference USA (first team); Rice Soccer Player of the Year; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete... Capped a sensational comeback season anchoring an Owl backline where all four defenders had never played together before, including two true freshmen - and did so after sitting out the previous season with an injury... One of five Owls to start all 20 games... Led the team in minutes played (1,881) and rarely came off the field... Played in 99.7 percent of the team's total time... Recorded 90 or more minutes 19 times... Helped the backline hold opposing teams to 12.6 shots per game... Provided the offense with an added attacking presence of 31 shots, the fourth-highest total on the team... Took a season-high four shots at UAB... Maintained a steady .387 shots-on-goal percentage... Notched an assist on Jessica Howard's C-USA goal on the road at Southern Miss.
2009: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; Was injured over the summer and sat out the entire season... Worked hard to come back and play for the Owls with her sights set on 2010.
2008: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Selected as the Owls' Rookie of the Year for a quality Division I debut... Played in 18 of the team's 19 games with 16 starts... Showed great versatility by starting 12 games at forward and four on defense, then often rotating to the opposite third of the field later in the contest... Adaptability and improved play allowed her to average more than 82 minutes per start over the Owls' final nine games... Scored three goals, including two in one game against McNeese State, highlighted by the game-winner in the second half... Also had an assist in the McNesse State win for a career-best five-points, the sixth-highest single-game point total in school history... Sparked the Owls' with the first goal in the 3-1 win over Marshall... Finished third on the team in assists (4)... Became only the fourth player in school history to post assists in three-straight games, helping the team notch consecutive C-USA wins over Marshall, SMU and Tulsa... Placed third on the team in shots-on-goal (15)... Took a career-high four shots-on-goal against McNeese State to lead the team... Led the Owls in shots-taken in a game a total of three different times (vs. Marshall, Houston and UTEP)... Career-high for shots in a game was six (overtime victory against Tulsa)... Maintained a .395 shots-on-goal percentage... Played in 1,283 of the team's 1,763 total minutes (72.8 percent)... Registered a full 90 minutes three times... Twice played a season-long 95 minutes, and the Owls won both of those overtime games against C-USA foes UCF and Tulsa.
Helped lead the St. Louis Soccer Club (formerly known as the Busch SC) to the 2008 state cup championship and regional finals... Also won the 2005 National Championship... Helped win four state championships, including three in a row... Reached the regional finals in 2007 and 2006, and won regional championships in 2005 and 2003... Coached by Gary Miller and Tim Walters.
A 2008 graduate of Francis Howell High School... First team All-State in 2007... First team All-Metro (St. Louis) and All-Conference... Helped the squad win district, sectional and conference championships... Coached by Janet Muehling... Outstanding student who was a four-time selection to the All-Academic Team... Member of the National Honors Society, DECA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Full Name: Amelia Ann Beger. Born: August 15, 1989 in St. Charles, Mo. Parents: Bill and Julie Beger of St. Charles (two brothers). Father played varsity soccer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Uncle, Tim Beger, was a four-year varsity letterman in golf at the St. Louis University. College: Wiess