"Business & Pleasure" on Day 2 of Rice Soccer's Tour of Spain
Rice Soccer Season Comes To An End After Battle In Waco
Start Time vs. Bears Set For 5 PM In Waco
Four Owls Voted To All-Academic Team
2016: Conference USA Academic Medalist; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Earned the Rice soccer program's Most Improved Award and the Who's Who Award (as the player who sparks the team or makes the most immediate impact when entering the game off the bench); Totaled 610 minutes playing in all 17 games... Delivered a breakthrough performance in a road game at C-USA foe UTSA... Recorded an eye-opening nine shots on the windy night against the Roadrunners, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history... Seven of the nine shots were on-goal for a .529 percentage... Finished the game getting the assist on Nia Stallings' go-ahead goal in the second-half and played a season-high 66 minutes... Followed-up that contest two days later at UTEP with her first career goal, the assist on Stallings' game-winning goal, and a game-high five shots in 52 minutes of playing time... Averaged 5.0 shots per game over the final seven matches to finish as the team leader with 43 shots overall... Maintained a steady .488 shots-on-goal percentage... Notched her first career game-winning goal against a Charlotte squad that went on to win the C-USA Tournament championship.
2015: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in 15 matches with three starts in debut season at the Division I level... Tallied 388 minutes... Played a career-long 70 minutes in the double-overtime tie vs. longtime state rival SMU... Assisted on goals against C-USA foes Florida Atlantic and UTSA.
Club: Veteran defender for Flemington SC... 2014 ODP regional pool in Costa Rica... Played in the U16 National Tournament in 2013... Helped team win back-to-back Jefferson Cup Elite Bracket titles, and consecutive Columbia Invitational Premier Championships... Three-star player according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
High School: A 2016 graduate of Lenape High School in Medford, New Jersey... Helped soccer team win state title... Multiple South Jersey Champions and Coaches Cup Champions... Named the 2014 Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year by the South Jersey Coaches Association... 2014 All-America nominee... 2013-14 All-State... First Team All-South Jersey, All-County and All-Olympic Conference... Versatile student-athlete who also ran track... Member of the state champion 4x400 relay team... Participated in the 2014 Penn Relays.
Personal: Full Name: Marissa Topolski. Parents: Daniel Robert and Jane Topolski of Mt. Laurel, N.J., (two brothers).
Head coach Nicky Adams said: "Marissa is a creative front-runner that has great speed and a knack for scoring goals. She is quick and crafty with the ball at her feet, and is a great 1-v-1 attacker. Marissa is dangerous any time she gets close to the 18-yard box. She will be fun for our fans to watch this year."
Coach Rick Brownell said: "I've not only had the pleasure of coaching Marissa, I'm one of her biggest fans. She plays with such flair and can change the momentum of any game. She is a true gem to coach and watch."
Marissa Topolski said: "I chose Rice because it was everything I wanted in a university. It is one of the top schools in the country academically and has competitive athletics. Studying at Rice will enable me to achieve great things both on and off the field. Going to this school and being able to play soccer here is the opportunity of a lifetime. The first time I walked on campus, I knew that this was the place for me. The coaching staff and all the players were so welcoming and made me feel like I was part of the program right away. I am excited to be a student-athlete here and the fact that it is a place with warm weather makes it even better."