7 PM Start As C-USA Co-Leaders Meet At Holloway Field
Owls Open 2017 Friday Night At Texas
Rice Meets UTEP In First Round of C-USA Tournament Starting on Wednesday
Mark Ties For The Sixth-Highest Goal Total In School History
2016: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; C-USA All-Freshman Team; Earned the Rice Soccer Rookie of the Year Award as the program's top newcomer (*)... Played in all 17 contests with 15 starts in the midfield as a true freshman... Logged 1,171 minutes, the eighth-highest total on the team... Played 80 or more minutes six times... Averaged exactly 70 minutes for ten C-USA league games... Scored a goal on her only shot of the game against longtime foe Sam Houston at Holloway Field... Attempted a career-high three shots on the road at Middle Tennessee... Maintained a .267 shots-on-goal percentage.
*Note - There have been six Owls since 2002 that have been named the program's Rookie of the Year who have then gone on to earn the Rice Most Valuable Player Award before they graduated.
Club: Lonestar Soccer Club - 99G ECNL... Serves as team captain (2012-2016)... Attended U.S. National Training Center in San Marcos (2011-2013), and the U.S. National Combine (in Texas, January 2013).
High School: Attending St. Stephen's Episcopal High School where she is multi-sport athlete for the Spartans, including soccer volleyball and track... Leads the soccer team in goals so far this season... Outstanding student, with multiple selections to the Academic Honor Roll... Also attended Elgin High School, where she earned first team all-district and was named the Freshman of the Year after scoring 16 goals with with 35 assists... Earned Academic All-District for soccer, volleyball and softball.
Personal: Full name: Erin Hope Mikeska. Parents: Shawn and Lesley Mikeska of Elgin, Texas (three sisters, Courtney, Kristen and Jennifer). Continues Rice Athletics legacy as father (1985-86) and uncle, Carl (1982-85) were both baseball lettermen for the Owls. Chose to attend Rice over Auburn, Texas Tech and the University of Miami.
Nicky Adams on Mikeeska: "Erin is one of the hardest working players we saw on the recruiting trail. She leads through example with pure heart, work ethic and commitment. She is a strong, aggressive, scrappy central midfielder that can dominate in the air but then have the composure to complete her passes. She has been a leader for her club and high school team over the years and we are very excited to have her bring these characteristics to Rice."
Lonestar SC Coach Tristan Donovan: "I've personally known Erin for 6 months. During the 6 months she has shown me how hard she works tirelessly for her teammates on the field. Off the field she is a very committed person. She is loyal to her team and is always the first person ready to train. She is my captain and a born leader. She is someone who is efficient, who works well and quickly, and is good at organizing to get the result needed. She leads by example. She is a person that wants to be the hardest working person on the field and is willing to sacrifice herself for her team and coach on many occasions, even if it means coming out of a challenge slightly disfigured. She will run through walls if she believes it will help the team. She is my Captain Fantastic."
Erin Mikeska said: "I chose Rice because I knew there wasn't another school out there that I would enjoy more. The campus is beautiful, the education is top notch, and life on campus seems fun and interesting. The soccer coaches at Rice are wonderful and I know that they will push me to be my best as a player and as a student. The soccer program is growing with each year and I can't wait to be a part of it and help take the team to the next level."