|18 Hope Ward
A very intelligent and athletic player... Does a great job of picking defenses apart... Quality front runner with great pace... Has strong instincts in front of the goal.
2010: All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice Soccer Offensive MVP; Rice Honor Athlete; Warrior Award as the team's hardest worker in practices and games... One of five Owls, and the only forward, to start all 20 games... Finished fifth on the team in minutes (1,695)... Played 90 percent of the team's total minutes and worked 80 or more minutes in a game 14 times... Led the team and tied for third in the conference in assists (7)... Also led the team points (13) and shared the lead in shots on-goal (21)... Finished second on the team in shots (49) and tied for second in goals (3)... Scored first goal of the season as part of a career-high six shots in the home win over Texas-San Antonio... Second goal was on a direct free kick in the seventh minute against C-USA foe SMU... Third goal was a dramatic game-winning long-range shot in the 84th minute against league opponent Colorado College... Also registered her sixth assist of the season in the victory over Colorado College, becoming the only Owl all season to record a goal and an assist in the same game... Tied a career-best with two assists in the win over Stephen F. Austin, becoming only the fourth player in school history to record three games with two assists... Delivered the assist on the Owls' game-winning goal four times (vs. SFA, San Francisco, Tulsa and UTEP)... Maintained a .429 shots-on-goal percentage, the highest mark on the team (min. 30 shots).
2009: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; Appeared in all 19 games with 16 starts at forward... Credited with 15 shots, including seven on-goal... Maintained a .467 shots on-goal percentage... Led the team with a season-high three shots, and recorded an assist, in the C-USA home victory over Southern Miss... Shared the team lead in shots on-goal against UAB... Notched the game-tying assist on Alexa Coralli's goal against New Mexico, the ninth assist of her career to move her into a tie for sixth place on the Owls' all-time list for assists before the end of her sophomore season... Averaged almost 70 minutes per game and tallied 80-plus minutes six times... On the field for more than 73 percent of the team's total minutes... Worked a career-long 108 minutes in the opening game of the season against Big 12 foe Baylor... Played 92 minutes in the high altitude of Colorado Springs in the double-overtime tie against C-USA foe Colorado College.
2008: C-USA All-Freshman Team; Became the first Owl freshman in three years to earn the team award for most assists... Finished fourth in the conference with seven assists, and third in the league for assists-per-game (0.39)... Had two assists in her NCAA debut, the second game of the season vs. Texas-San Antonio... Became only the seventh Owl in school history to get an assist in her debut, but the first-ever with two assists... Registered the assist on Erin Scott's game-winning goal in the overtime league win at UCF... Scored the game-winning goal and had two assists in the C-USA road victory at Southern Miss... Started at forward for the final 17-straight games... Finished seventh on the team in minutes... Played in 1,396 of the team's 1,763 minutes (79.2 percent)... Averaged 78.5 minutes per start... Worked a career-long 96 minutes in the overtime win against Tulsa... Took a season-high three shots three times, in wins over Southern Miss, SMU and Tulsa... Maintained a .417 shots-on-goal percentage, the third-best mark on the team.
South Texas ODP player since 2003... Helped lead the Challenge 90 to state club championships in 2004, `05, `06 and `07... Coached by Pat O'Tool and Neil Hamilton.
A 2008 graduate of Kingwood High School... Earned All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) in each of the past two seasons... Named a first team 2008 preseason All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle... First Team All-state selection in 2007 and the most valuable player in District 22-5A... Area all-star team selection picked by the back-to-back MLS Champion Houston Dynamo... Led the Mustangs to a 21-5-2 record and state regional finals in 2007... Coached by Rene Rebe.
Full Name: Hope Ward. Born: July 15, 1990 in Bossier City, La. Parents: Mark and Debbie Ward of Kingwood (one brother, one sister). College: Jones