HOUSTON -- The Rice soccer team scored three first half goals on the way to a convincing 4-0 victory over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday evening at Holloway Field in Houston, Texas.
The Owls opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Louise Stephens heading in a corner kick from Annie Walker, then added another off a second set piece in the 33rd as Dominique Mazero found Samanta Chaiken in traffic in the keeper's box for a score and a 2-0 lead. The Blue & Gray slipped in another goal before the intermission when Mallory Radtke served Haley Kostyshyn left to right inside the 18. Kostyshyn chipped a shot to the back of the Islanders' net to make it a 3-0 game, but the Owls' weren't quite finished.
In the 73rd minute, senior Nia Stallings charged in the ball on the left wing and passed through to freshman Rebecca Keane as defenders closed in to contain the threat. Keane needed only a touch to settle the ball before rocketing a shot past the keeper, one-on-one. Keane became only the ninth player in the history of the Rice soccer program to score a goal in her first collegiate game.
With a comfortable lead a total of 22 Rice players, including five true freshmen, saw action in the team's first win of the season. The Owls finished with a 23-4 advantage in shots, and hold an 8-2 margin in corner kicks.
Rice is back in action next weekend to close out the current homestand. Rice hosts state foes Baylor and Houston on Friday and Sunday (Aug. 25-27), respectively.