Rice senior Lauren Hughes, the 2015 C-USA co-Player of the Year and owner of a host of school records, has signed to play professionally overseas the Owls’ soccer program announced on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
Hughes, 21, has signed to play with UMF Selfoss, one of the top women’s teams in Iceland. The team’s 2016 season begins in late spring, and Hughes will join the squad after her graduation from Rice in May.
In her collegiate season of 2015, Hughes led Conference USA and tied for 16th in the NCAA with 10 assists, the highest single-season total by an Owl in school history. She also led Rice in goals (7), points (24), shots (84) and shots on-goal (35) while maintaining a .417 shots-on-goal percentage. Hughes finished tied for 14th in the nation in assists per game (0.53) and ranked among the national leaders (tied 31st) with five game-winning goals, which also tied for the second-highest single-season mark recorded at Rice. The Ottawa, Ontario, native ended the season ranked as the No. 60 Division I player in the entire nation (TopDrawerSoccer.com). In addition to being selected the C-USA co-Player of the Year, she was named first team All-Central Region by the national coaches committee, first team all-conference and to the C-USA All-Academic Team.
In her collegiate career, Hughes established new Rice records for goals (39), assists (28), points (106), game-winning goals (14), shots (269) and shots on-goal (129). She tied the Rice single-season record for shots (84), and her 2015 totals of 35 shots on-goal and 24 points were the third- and fourth-best single years at Rice, respectively. The 5-foot-10 forward set the Rice single-game school records for assists (3 vs. Florida International), and shots on-goal (7 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). In 2014 she had one stretch where scored goals in seven-consecutive matches.