Feb. 2, 2011
HOUSTON -- Rice University head soccer coach Nicky Adams announced the signing of eight new Owls to the program on Wednesday (Feb. 2), the first national day to sign with the sport.
After being promoted to Rice head coach last November, Adams' first recruiting class consists of standouts from the club and high school ranks. The class includes Lauren Busansky (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS/Real So Cal), Amy Czyz (Danville, Calif./Carondelet HS/Mustang Earthquakes), Bianca Diaz (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge HS/MN Thunder Academy `93), Ashton Geisendorff (Rowlett, Tex./Rowlett HS/Sting Royal `93), Gabriela Iribarne (Mission Viejo, Calif./Laguna Hills HS/West Coast FC), Kelsey Rightmer (Austin, Tex./Manor New Tech HS/Lonestars `93 Red), Hannah Thomson (Shreveport, La./Caddo Parish Magnet / Saints FC `92), and Quynh-Nhu Truong (Fort Worth, Tex./Central HS/Solar SC).
Coach Adams said the class addressed some needs while simultaneously focusing on athleticism and potential. She praised the newest Owls, and hinted the signees are talented enough to contribute to the team as freshmen this fall.
"This is a very exciting day for the Rice Soccer program," said coach Adams. "This is an outstanding class that not only features high-caliber soccer players, but incredibly well-rounded people. These eight players coming to our program played with some of the best club teams in the nation and have competed at an extremely high level.
"Throughout the recruiting process we have been able to evaluate closely each and every one of these girls," Adams added. "We are very excited about the impact they will have towards the success and winning tradition at Rice University."
Not only is the group talented on the soccer field, the class is comprised of outstanding students who will be right at home in Rice's accelerated curriculum. All the signees were member's of the academic honor roll at their respective high schools and three of the eight are members of the National Honor Society.
Rice soccer has a tradition of giving talented young players an opportunity to compete at the Division I level early in their collegiate careers. A total of nine Owls have been named to the Conference-USA all-freshman team since joining the league in 2005.
|Name||Ht.||Pos.||Class||Hometown (High School)||Club Team||5-5||D||Sr.-HS||Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas High School)||Real So Cal||5-4||GK||Sr.-HS||Danville, Calif. (Cardonelet High School)||Mustang Earthquakes||5-6||D||Sr.-HS||Woodbury, Minn. (East Ridge High School)||MN Thunder Academy `93||5-7||F/MF||Sr.-HS||Rowlett, Tex. (Rowlett High School)||Sting Royal `93||5-2||MF||Sr.-HS||Mission Viejo, Calif. (Laguna Hills High School)||West Coast FC||5-5||D||Sr.-HS||Austin, Tex. (Manor New Tech High School)||Lonestars '93 Red||5-10||MF/D||Sr.-HS||Shreveport, La. (Caddo Parish Magnet High School)||Saints FC `92||5-4||MF/F/D||Sr.-HS||Fort Worth, Tex. (Central High School)||Solar FC|