HOUSTON -- The Rice soccer team struck for three first half goals to claim a 3-0 Conference USA shutout victory over visiting UTSA Friday night at the Owls' Holloway Field.
Rice improved to 8-2-1 on the season and remained perfect in C-USA action with a 5-0-0 league record to equal the program's best conference start in school history. The 2010 squad under Head Coach Nicky Adams also began conference play with a perfect 5-0-0 ledger. The 2017 Owls continue to hold onto sole possession of first place in the conference standings with 15 points at the halfway point of the 10-game C-USA regular season schedule.
The Owls were sound and solid in posting their sixth-straight win overall, but the team has in fact now won 12-straight regular season C-USA matches dating back to last year. UTSA is now 2-10-0 on the season and 1-4-0 in conference.
After a UTSA own goal, Rice senior Nia Stallings scored her sixth goal of the season after making a steal in the 21st minute. The Owls were back on the offensive near the end of the first half as true freshman Ashley Burgess found the back of the Roadrunner goal in the 44th minute to stretch the margin to 3-0.
Rice finished the night with a 23-8 advantage in shots and holding a 7-4 margin in corner kicks. Owl sophomore goalkeeper Maya Hoyer recorded a pair of saves on the way to her fourth complete game shutout. The Blue & Gray next return to action with a C-USA home game on Sunday (Oct. 8). Rice hosts longtime foe UTEP at 1 pm.
The box score for the match is available at the above link. More details, including a postgame interview with Rice head coach Nicky Adams, is available above.