Feb. 6, 2013
HOUSTON - Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams announced the signing of six new Owls to join the program on Wednesday (Feb. 6), the first national day to sign with the sport.
Adams' third recruiting class features highly-regarded young players from across the nation who join Rice from some of the country's elite club programs. The class includes defender Jenny Fichera (Ann Arbor, Mich./Hawks SC), defender/midfielder Gen Grundy (Bethesda, Md./Herndon Firecats), midfielder/forward Bella Hernandez (Westchester, Calif./Eagles SC), goalkeeper Zoe Pochobradsky (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio Elite Soccer Academy), midfielder Mia Schmolze (Austin, Tex./Lonestar SC) and midfielder/defender Ruth Seleznick (Tampa, Fla./Clearwater Chargers).
With the in-coming class signed and secured, Coach Adams hinted the group could challenge last season's sensational recruits who helped Rice win the 2012 Conference USA regular season championship. Even though the recruiting-bar was set extremely high by the 2012 class, the newest group of Owls could make just as big an impact and just as quickly.
"Our entire staff is very excited about this incoming class," coach Adams said. "They are a very talented group with so much ambition and drive. I know each of them is looking to put their own stamp on our program.
"After winning a championship last year, expectations for this program have been set to the highest standard," the head coach added. "I know each of these players will have the grit and fight to continue our winning traditions at Rice University."
Under the direction of coach Adams the Rice soccer program posted 11 victories in 2012, its highest single-season win total in five years. The young Owls squad won the C-USA regular season title with six of the regular starting 11 listed as either freshmen or sophomores. There were just five seniors on the entire roster.
|Name||Ht.||Pos.||Class||Hometown (High School)||Club Team||Jenny Fichera||5-7||D||Sr.||Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer High School)||Michigan Hawks ECNL||Gen Grundy||5-7||D/MF||Sr.||Bethesda, Md. (German School, Washington D.C.)||Hernon Firecats||Bella Hernandez||5-0||MF/F||Sr.||Westchester, Calif. (The Crossroads School)||Eagles SC||Zoe Pochobradsky||5-10||GK||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio (The Seven Hills School)||Ohio Elite SA||Mia Schmolze||5-3||MF||Sr.||Austin, Tex. (Regents School of Austin)||Lonestar SC||Ruth Seleznick||5-5||MF/D||Sr.||Tampa, Fla. (Robinson High School)||Clearwater Chargers|