Sept. 18, 2005
AUSTIN - As the Rice soccer team did a week ago against 18th-ranked Nebraska, the Owls took an early 1-0 lead on 21st-ranked Texas only to surrender two unanswered goals on the way to a 2-1 defeat to the Longhorns Sunday evening at Myers Stadium on the UT campus in Austin.
Rice jumped on the scoreboard quickly in the first period. After a Texas foul in the midfield in the game's ninth minute, senior Erin Droeger sent a 35-yard free kick into the keeper's box. Sophomore Samantha Conn went high in a scramble and headed the ball to her left. The shot found the back of the net on the right side past a diving Texas keeper. Conn's third goal of the season put the Owls ahead 1-0 and snapped a scoring drought over the last three halves.
Texas answered with a goal in the 20th minute following a Rice foul. Longhorn defender Kasey Moore served a long free kick that found the back left corner of the goal unassisted. Rice keeper Adriene Giese was shielded on the play and the game was tied at 1-1.
The Longhorns continued to apply the pressure and in the second half Stephanie Logterman served a corner kick into traffic in front of the Rice net where Karen Haight deflected the ball in for her first goal of the season. The 2-1 margin proved to be the difference as the Owls dropped their third consecutive game on the road and fell to 4-4-0 on the season.
Rice was outscored 6-2 during the three road matches. Each of the three teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season and two of the foes are ranked among the nation's best. Perhaps the best news of the weekend for the Owls was that redshirt freshman Lauren Stanley played Sunday for the first time in her career.
Stanley arrived at Rice in the fall of 2003 but had been sidelined with a leg injury her entire career. The Houston native checked into the game in the 39th minute to a rousing cheer from her teammates and played the duration of first half. She made a pair of sliding tackles to swipe the ball off the feet of the Longhorns.
With the close of the road swing the Owls are now back home for their next match. Rice faces TCU at home on Sept. 24. Start time against Horned Frogs is slated for 7 pm at the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium.