Oct. 15, 2010
HOUSTON -- After two overtime periods the Rice soccer team and visiting Marshall finished in a 0-0 tie Friday evening at the Rice Soccer Stadium in Houston. The Owls are still unbeaten in seven Conference USA matches (5-0-2) and remain in sole possession of first place in the league standings with a total of 17 points.
Rice held a 23-8 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks on Friday. Marshall answered the challenge with a total of seven saves from freshman goalkeeper Lexa Hughes.
"Marshall came in and battled for the full 110 minutes and took us out of our rhythm a little bit putting numbers behind the ball," said Rice interim head coach Nicky Adams. 'They did a good job not letting our forwards get into the seams. I thought the opportunities we did create were very good ones.
"As a team we'll have to tweak some things to get back into the rhythm we've had recently, but we had lot of good individual efforts," Adams added. "I thought Jordan Holloway did a really good job of winning the ball in the air, with her distribution in the midfield and changing the point of attack. Jordan and Julia Barrow both did a lot of good things in the midfield. They played hard and worked well together. A thing that I am the most happy about is that this team is not happy with a tie. That's encouraging for us. It will help us get right to work on the next game."
Holloway finished the night with 98 minutes, just one minute shy of matching her season high 99 minutes she set just a week ago in the double-overtime tie at UCF. The Carrollton, Tex., native shared the game's individual lead with a career-high four shots, matching senior forward Korey Taylor's total for the night. Taylor gave the crowd of 510 its biggest chance for celebration by putting the ball in the back of the net in the 96th minute, but was offsides.
"A lot of us were all taking shots," Holloway said. "Marshall played well, we have to play better. For a team that still hasn't lost in conference and is still in first place, we probably don't look very pleased. It says a lot, that we expect a lot of ourselves. We expect to score. We expect to win, especially at home."
It was the fourth time this season for Rice to post a shutout as the team moved to 8-5-2 overall. The Thundering Herd is now 4-7-3 on the year and 2-4-1 in C-USA action. The Owls close out the brief weekend homestand with another C-USA match on Sunday (Oct. 17). Rice hosts East Carolina beginning at 1 pm.
The game's complete box score can be viewed at the above links.