OXFORD, Ohio -- The Rice soccer team held a 13-6 lead in shots and a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks, but Miami-Ohio claimed a 2-0 non-conference win over the Owls Sunday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio.
Rice is now 4-3-1 on the season. The team suffered its second-straight loss despite out-shooting the opposition for the second time in as many games - Miami on Sunday and also in the Friday night contest at Dayton.
Fifth-year Rice head coach Nicky Adams knows and sees how close the team is to reversing the respective outcomes. She also knows that playing against Rice soccer now means something to other programs across the country.
"Credit to Miami," coach Adams said. "I thought every player on their team worked so hard and made the most of each individual battle. That's something we can take a lesson from.
"I thought (Owl freshman) Gabby Martinez had a really great weekend from us in the midfield and I thought (freshman) Marissa Topolski showed a spark," Adams said. "We definitely had things we can build-on, but we did not have 11 players on the same page. That's hard to win games without that."
Rice debuted some changes to the starting lineup that did well holding the RedHawks to a single shot in the first half. The Owls took five shots on the other end, the most dramatic of which was senior Lauren Hughes' liner off the post on a free kick in the 41st minute.
Miami's Kat Zalar scored both of the game's goals, in the 52nd and 86th minutes. Rice had another solid scoring chance come up just short as Holly Hargreaves' hit the crossbar with an attempt in the 89th minute before getting cleared away by RedHawk defenders.
"It's not like we're not creating opportunities," coach Adams explained, but "we have to score goals. We're dangerous at times, but we have to do a better job in the final third.
"It was a frustrating weekend," the head coach added. "We've been working really, really, hard to create shots and we're doing that. Coming to Ohio shed some light on some serious areas that still need work. We may not have a match next week, but we have to make the most of it before conference starts."
Rice has an open date on the schedule next week before getting back out on the road the following weekend. The Blue & Gray open up Conference USA league play with a match at Western Kentucky on Sept. 25. The Owls then face C-USA foe Marshall on Sept. 29.
"We'll buckle-down and these girls will rebound," Adams said. "I know we'll come back strong in time for conference."