Feb. 3, 2010
Click on each name to view a bio on that signee.
|Name||Ht.||Pos.||Class||Hometown (High School)||Club Team||5-8||D/MF||Fr.-HS||Dallas (John Paul II HS)||Dallas Sting `92||5-4||MF/F||Fr.-HS||Dallas (The Cambridge School)||Dallas Sting `93||5-7||D/MF||Fr.-HS||Dallas (The Greenhill School)||Dallas Sting Royal `92||5-7||MF/D||Fr.-HS||Zionsville, Ind. (Community HS)||Dynamo FC `92||5-10||D/MF||Fr.-HS||Houston (Travis HS)||AHFC `93 Blue||5-8||F/D||Fr.-HS||Mansfield, Tex. (Mansfield HS)||Dallas Texans '92 Red||5-7||D||Fr.-HS||Coto de Caza, Caklif. (Santa Margarita HS)||Southern California Blues||6-0||D/MF||Fr.-HS||Dallas (Hockaday School)||Dallas Sting '93|
HOUSTON -- Rice head soccer coach Chris Huston announced the signing of eight new Owls to the program on Wednesday (Feb. 3), the first national day to sign with the sport.
The class is extremely versatile as seven of the signees are listed as regularly playing multiple positions. The ability to play more than one spot on the field means that although the signing class may be eight members, the Owls are essentially adding seven defenders, six midfielders and two forwards. 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 University's accelerated curriculum.
Coach Huston said the program's tenth-anniversary 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 right away in the fall.
"I can't believe this is already our tenth year and our tenth recruiting class," Huston said. "I say this every year, but I really do feel that is our best recruiting class. We have added a lot of size and athleticism to the roster. We've done that a couple years in a row, but particularly with this class.
"With seven seniors graduating from last year's team, there's now a lot of starting spots and opportunities for playing-time," Huston explained. "There are definitely kids in this incoming class who will be challenging for starting spots and significant minutes right away.
"All of these kids we're bringing in have played on club teams that have been to National Championships," she added. "They have been in, and are a big reason for, winning environments. Combine this incoming class with our returning group, who has already been working hard here in the spring, and the outlook for the program is very exciting."
Rice soccer has a tradition of giving talented young players a chance to compete at the Division I level early in their collegiate careers. A total of eight Owls have been named to the C-USA all-freshman team since joining the league in 2005. Coach Huston also had high praise for her staff for the work they did on helping bring the 2010 class together.
"I want to be sure to thank the Rice coaches who made this possible, certainly (associate head coach) Nicky (Adams) as our recruiting coordinator and (assistant coach) Sebastian (Vecchio)," Huston said. "It is a challenge to find and sign the top student-athletes who can excel in Division I soccer and in Rice's elite academic environment. Their hard work has paid off again. It's a very special year for Rice soccer as we celebrate the tenth year of the program. I am anxious to start the 2010 season."