|26 Alex Burton
Exceptional athlete... Intense and versatile competitor... Could see extended playing time in many different positions.
2011: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; Played in all 21 games and worked her way into 11 starts... Eight of the 11 starts were in road games... Tied for second on the team with three goals, and was fourth in total points (7)... Scored the first game-winning goal of her collegiate career on the road against Conference USA foe Tulsa... Quickly put the Owls on the scoreboard with a goal in the fourth minute at C-USA opponent UTEP... Assisted on Annie Kadota's goal, and later scored a goal of her own in the 3-0 victory in the home-opener against McNeese State... Took a career-high four shots against McNeese State, and went on to match that total in road games at TCU and Marshall... Finished fifth on the team with 25 shots... Maintained a steady .400 shots-on-goal percentage... Averaged 57 minutes per start... Played 60 or more minutes in a game seven times... Career-long 80 minutes played was in the overtime victory against LSU.
2010: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Earned the soccer program's Most Improved Iron Owl award from Rice's strength and conditioning staff... Played in more games (19), saw more total minutes (261) and took more shots (7) than freshman campaign... Made first Rice start on the road at nationally-ranked California and played 26 minutes... Registered 20 or more minutes in a game five times... Played a season-high 28 minutes in the home shutout victory over C-USA foe Tulsa... Finished with seven shots, including two on-goal for .286 shots-on-goal percentage... Took a season-high two shots twice, in road games at Oklahoma and Southern Miss.
2009: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; Appeared in eleven games in first year with the program... Averaged 17 minutes per game played, including a career-long 53 minutes on the road against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Marquette... Came off the bench to play in a game six-straight times in the middle of the season... Played 24 minutes in the attacking third on opening day against Big 12 foe Baylor... Registered shots against C-USA opponents Tulsa and Southern Miss... Shared the team lead in shots on-goal in the Tulsa game.
ODP regional pool participant in 2004, 2006 and 2007... Played for the nationally-ranked Classics Elite Soccer Academy under head coach Lance Key... Helped lead the squad to the National Cup state runner-up in 2007... National Cup participant in 2008.
A 2009 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio... Two-time first-team all-state forward and all-region honoree under head coach Frankie Whitlock... Named the 2009 San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year... Three-year varsity letterwinner, who helped lead the Rattlers to a 25-1-2 record and the nation's No. 1 ranking by ESPN Rise as a senior in 2009... Made the state regional finals in 2008 and the regional semifinals in 2007... Served as team captain... Member of the National Honor Society and Junior Honor Court... Summa cum laud graduate... Earned an AP Scholar with Honor.
Full Name: Alex Virginia Burton. Born: Born August 22, 1991, in Suffern, New York. Parents: David and DeAnna Burton of San Antonio (two sisters). College: Martel