Mark Ties For The Sixth-Highest Goal Total In School History
Rice Next Hosts Home Opener on August 26
Meet The Newest Owls
2016: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in three games with two starting assignments in first season of Division I soccer... Started in goal on opening day against No. 8 ranked Texas A&M... Made a career-high eight saves in a career-long 90 minutes of action against the Aggies... Started the next game in a home victory against crosstown foe Houston Baptist and saw action between the pipes in a win over Sam Houston State... Logged a total of 174 minutes of playing time... Goals-against average was 2.58.
Club: Keeper for Santa Clara Sporting `97, the No. 12 ranked team in the nation by GotSoccer.com... Cal-North State Cup U17 Champion in 2015... National Premier League Spring Champion in 2014... San Diego Surf College Cup U16 Gold Champion in 2013.
High School: Attending Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif... Serves as the Monarchs' varsity captain... Earned the school's Coaches Award... Regular on the Principal's Honor Roll.
Personal: Full name: Maya Pia Izard Hoyer. Parents: Henrik and Jill Hoyer of Los Gatos, Calif. (one brother, Alex). Chose to attend Rice over the University of San Francisco, Sacramento State, Santa Barbara and the University of Tampa.
Nicky Adams on Hoyer: "Maya is a great student of the game. She will give us a poised confident leader in goal. Her abilities as a goalkeeper are highlighted by her strength in the air, organization of her backline, and precision in her distribution. Maya is a very hard-worker and will continue to improve over her time here at Rice."
Santa Clara Sporting Goalkeeper Coach Henry Silveira said: "Maya's work ethic and passion has contributed to the level of play she has reached today. She is so driven, it motivates others around her to go to the next level. The speed, agility and the way she controls the defensive third is straight-up exciting. She will be truly missed as she moves on to the next level, pursuing her soccer career."
Maya Hoyer said: "I chose Rice because of it's high academic standards and exceptional soccer program. Being able to play DI soccer, while also receiving an amazing education is not something that many people have the opportunity to do; however, Rice has made this possible. When deciding what school I wanted to attend, I wanted to find a place where I had an instant connection. That is exactly what I felt at Rice. Furthermore, because of the coaches, as soon as I stepped onto the Rice campus, I instantly felt like an Owl. The coaches welcomed me into this family and after experiencing the culture, I knew I made the right decision."
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