Nov. 3, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Rice soccer team battled in-state rival SMU for 90 scoreless minutes and two scoreless overtime periods before the Mustangs could slip past the upset-minded Owls in a penalty kick shootout, 4-2, in the opening round of the annual Conference USA Championship Wednesday evening in Orlando, Fla.
Despite maintaining a 19-14 lead in shots for the game, and a combined 6-2 shots advantage for the two overtimes, the Owls could not put the ball in the back of the net. The first two Rice attempts from the first PK shootout in school history, which includes a full decade's worth of games dating back to the start of the program in 2001, followed Wednesday night's trend.
SMU goalkeeper Courtney Webb stopped the Owls' first two PK attempts and the Mustangs converted twice to go up 2-0 early in the most-of-five shootout. Owl sophomore Lauren LaGro and senior Korey Taylor kept the team's hopes alive by making their respective shots on attempts three and four, but the Mustangs also hit their respective tries to close the contest, 4-2.
The official score for the ledgers is a 0-0 tie that keeps the Owls' 2010 final record at an even 8-8-4. SMU is now 11-6-4 overall, but it is the Mustangs that advance to the C-USA tournament's semifinal round on Friday, Nov. 5. SMU will take on C-USA regular season champion UCF on the Knights' home field. The winner of that match advances to the Championship Final to play the other semifinal winner of Memphis vs. Houston.
Rice senior midfielder Kate Edwards led all players in the game with five shot attempts while Owl Jessica Howard finished with four shots. Rice senior goalkeeper Catherine Fitzsimmons posted three saves in 110 minutes of action.
The game's final box score appears at the above link.