Meet The Newest Owls
High School: A 2017 graduate of Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton, Alberta... Helped lead the Lions to two city championships (as well as one with her junior high Mustangs team)... Earned the Golden Boot Award from the Alberta Soccer Association... Captain of Tier 1 youth teams since 2012... Four-time Honors AP Student.
Personal: Full name: Erin Marieka van Dolder. Parents: Adrian and Joan van Dolder of Edmonton, Alberta. (two sisters and one brother). Chose to attend Rice over Stanford, Duke, South Florida and the University of Toronto.
Nicky Adams on van Dolder: "Erin is our first soccer recruit from Edmonton. We are really excited about adding Erin to our squad. She is one of those players that can play in multiple positions on the field and no matter where she is she always makes a significant difference. Erin has a great winning attitude and it rubs off on her teammates. She is an absolute winner."
Club Coach Diogo Raposo said: "Erin is the complete package with her technical prowess, tactical adaptation, leadership skills, and never die attitude. She continues to develop in her universal understanding of the game and is a coach's dream when looking to put together a team."
Erin van Dolder said: I looked at Rice because of the combination of the phenomenal Division I soccer team and their possessive style of play that well incorporates the midfield as well as the high level academics and the opportunities that the proximity of the Texas Medical Centre and their partnership presents. In the end, I chose Rice because it offered all of the important aspects that I wanted in a school and because it felt like a perfect fit when I met the coaches and visited the campus! I am excited to be pushed by the high levels of play and education and eagerly await the opportunities it will bring."