|1 Meghan Erkel
Polished goalkeeper who has improved over the course of her collegiate career... Excels in a number of aspects of the position... Makes plays in the air, quality distribution, strong on angles and a force to reckon with in traffic.
2009: Starter in goal for all 18 games in which she appeared... Finished fourth on the team in minutes played (1,542:38 in goal), more than 85 percent of the team's total time... Set new personal bests for saves (93), save percentage (.845), fewest goals allowed (17) and goals-against average (0.99) in a single season... Led Conference USA in save percentage and in saves per game (5.2)... Tied for second in the league with 93 saves, the third-highest single-season total in school history and the most by an Owl in seven years... Set the new school record for saves in a single game with 16 against TCU, topping the previous mark of 13 that was set back in the program's debut season of 2001... Tallied 10 saves on the road at UW-Milwaukee to tie for the fifth-highest single-game total in Rice history... Finished fourth in the league in goals-against average... Earned a complete game shutout in a scoreless tie against Colorado College... Contributed on three other shutouts, including victories over UTEP, Southern Miss and UTSA... Closed-out the season strong by holding opponents scoreless for her last 265:17-consecutive minutes played... Was named to the All-Tournament team for the Milwaukee Challenge to start the season.
2008: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Two-time C-USA Player of the Week (Sept. 22, Oct 6); Won the team's Warrior Award as the Owl who displays the most heart and desire in practices and games... Started all 18 games in which she appeared... Finished third on the team in playing-time, working 1,504 of the team's 1,763 minutes in goal (85.3 percent)... Averaged 4.83 saves per game, the fourth-highest mark in the conference... Made a career-high 11 saves on the road against nationally-ranked Oklahoma State, the third-highest single-game save total in school history... Had nine saves in a season-long 109 minutes at TCU... Tallied a .791 save percentage, the seventh-best mark among C-USA keepers... Registered a complete game shutout on the road against Big 12 foe Oklahoma... Contributed to the team's five defensive shutouts overall... Maintained a 1.38 goals-against average.
2007: C-USA All-Freshman; All-America Rookie Team according to Top Drawer Soccer; Named the team's Player of the Year, the first goalkeeper to earn the honor since 2003... Shared the Owls' rookie of the year honors with Kate Edwards... One of six Owls to start all 21 games... Played 1,819 of the team's 1,954 minutes (93.1 percent)... Notched four complete game shutouts between the pipes and was part of the team's seven shutouts overall... Maintained a 1.04 goals-against average... Registered 65 saves with a steady .756 save pct... Tallied a career-high nine saves in a 1-0 victory over TCU... Made seven saves in the regular season C-USA win over UAB.
Starting goalkeeper for San Juan Spirits `89, the 2007 State Cup semifinalist... Appeared in Surf Cup, Disney Showcase, Las Vegas Showcase and President's Cup... Coached by Billy Wiskel... 2006 US Club National Champion with the San Juan Spirits... 2004 ODP District 2.
A 2007 graduate of Granite Bay High School, a California distinguished school... Two-time varsity letter winner for soccer... Earned the school's academic merit award... Active in Challenger Baseball... Set two Suburban Swim League records in the 100-individual medley and 50-freestyle.
Full Name: Meghan Katherine Erkel. Born: June 18, 1989. Parents: Donna and Al Erkel of Granite Bay, Calif. (two brothers). Major: Social sciences. College: Brown
Year GP/GS Min. GA Avg. SV Pct. W-L-T ShO
2007 21/21 1819:04 21 1.04 65 .756 12-7-2 4
2008 18/18 1504:38 23 1.38 87 .791 10-8-0 1
2009 18/18 1542:38 17 0.99 93 .845 4-10-3 1
Totals 57/57 4866:20 61 1.13 245 .801 26-25-5 6
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