|10 Jessica Howard
A very skillful, versatile and attacking midfielder/forward who has an incredible passion for the game... Creates goals through passing, as well as on her own... Understanding of the game puts herself as well as her teammates in very advantageous positions.
2011: NSCAA All-Central Region; All-Conference USA (first team); C-USA Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5); Rice Soccer Offensive MVP; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Recorded a sensational sophomore season where she led the team in goals (8), game-winning goals (4), points (19), shots (57) and shots-on-goal (24)... Played in all 21 games with 20 starts... Started almost equally at both forward and in the midfield, wherever the Owls needed her most... Scored eight goals, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by an Owl in three years... Four game-winning goals tied for the second-highest single-season total in school history and was the most since 2007... Scored two goals in back-to-back games against Western Kentucky and C-USA foe UAB, including the game-winner against the Blazers... Tied the Western Kentucky game 2-2 just 2:59 minutes after the Hilltoppers took the lead, the tenth-fastest 'turn-around-goal' in school history... Netted goals in three-straight games (TCU, LSU and Sam Houston State), all of which were game-winning goals... First Owl in three years, and only the ninth player in school history, to score goals in three-straight games... Tallied three assists in the second half of the season, all of which were on what proved to be the game winning goal - against Tulsa, Southern Miss and SMU in the C-USA Tournament... Took 57 shots, the fourth-highest single-season total by an Owl in four years... Came off the bench to tally a season-high seven shots in just 35 minutes of action against McNeese State... Needed only one shot to score the equalizer on the road at UTEP, a clutch goal in the 88th minute... Maintained a steady .421 shots-on-goal percentage... Logged the seventh-best single-season shooting percentage (.140) in school history... Played a total of 1,550 minutes, including 90 or more three times... Worked a season-long 95 minutes in the overtime tie against nationally-ranked BYU.
2010: Conference USA All-Freshman Team; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Recorded a solid freshman season, but was setback by an injury that slowed what was heading towards a sensational rookie year... Started 10 of the first 11 games of her collegiate career, and was leading the Owls in shots and game-winning goals while averaging 64 minutes per contest... Was sidelined for a week, then slowly began to build her minutes back before starting three games late in the year... Finished the season with 19 games-played and 13 starts... Averaged 70.7 minutes in 13 starts... Shared the team lead in game-winning goals (2)... Became only the 12th player in Rice soccer history to score the game-winning goal with her first career goal (a textbook bicycle-kick against Stephen F. Austin that sailed to the back of the net)... Added her second game-winner as part of a career-high eight-shot night against UTSA, the sixth-highest single-game shot total by a Rice player in school history and the most by an Owl in two years... Came off the bench to score a goal on her only shot of the game in a C-USA road contest at Southern Miss... Took a total of 36 shots, the third-highest on the team and the most by an Owl freshman in two years... Maintained a .417 shots-on-goal percentage, the third-best mark on the team and highest by an Owl freshman in three years (min. 30 shot attempts).
Played club for Dallas Sting `93, the same team as fellow Owl standout Hayley Williams... Coached by Kenny Medina, Brad Flanagan and Mary Howard... Helped lead squad to the USYS Region III Regional Semifinals in 2008 and 2009... Won the 2007 U-14 USYS National Championship... Named the 2007 U-14 USYS National Championship Adidas Golden Boot Winner.
A 2010 graduate of The Cambridge School of Dallas... Coached by Kevin Klay... Named the school's Outstanding Student... Varsity letterwinner in tennis and volleyball for the Lions... Tennis MVP and winner of the Lion Blanket Award... National Merit Commended Scholar... national Latin Exam Silver Medalist... Senior Tutorial Finalist
Full Name: Jessica Leigh Howard. Born: August 19, 1992, in Dallas. Parents: Stephen and Wenday Howard of Richardson, Tex. (three sisters). Chose to attend Rice over Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech. College: Martel