June 27, 2011
A total of 19 opponents, including eight at home and three that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, highlight the new 2011 Rice soccer schedule head coach Nicky Adams announced on Monday (June 27).
The 2011 soccer season gets underway with a home exhibition game against crosstown foe Houston Baptist University on August 12. Rice officially starts the season a week later (Aug. 19) with a road game at Big 12 power Texas Tech. The Owls play the 2011 home-opener on Aug. 21 against McNeese State.
The Owls have a challenging slate of home games for fans this fall. Conference USA foes Memphis and UCF both visit Rice this season after advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. C-USA squads UAB and Southern Miss also visit South Main in key league matchups. In addition to McNeese State in the home-opener, the Owls host non-conference clashes against SEC power LSU, Sam Houston State and Western Kentucky. Coach Adams said the team will have to have the mindset to match its challenging schedule.
"Our team is going to have to be very disciplined for this 2011 season," said coach Adams. "Conference USA is considered one of the top college soccer leagues in the nation, and our non-conference schedule is very tough. Our non-conference games will definitely help us prepare for conference.
"It's a great home schedule with some amazing teams visiting campus to play us this year," she added. "LSU is a program full of soccer history, so we are excited to have them here. For conference play, we have both Memphis and UCF at home. Both teams are coming off a very successful 2010 seasons. Both teams played in postseason and represented the conference very well.
Rice's C-USA road games are a rugged set including SMU, UTEP, East Carolina, Marshall, Colorado College and crosstown rival Houston to close-out the regular season on Oct. 28. The non-conference games away from home are also an extremely dangerous lineup of NCAA Tournament participant BYU, Utah State and longtime rival TCU.
"BYU was ranked Top 10 in the nation last year and Texas Tech is very competitive in the Big 12," Adams said. "We have quite a few players who are from the MetroPlex area, so playing at TCU and SMU is a great opportunity for a lot of our players. It's great to play in front of their families and we attract quite a crowd any time we play up there. That area is home to some of the best youth soccer teams in the nation. It is great for the players and the families of those youth teams to come out and watch Rice play.
"The 2011 schedule is very interesting," she added. "We have eight home games, and 11 away games - seven of which are conference games. We will have to remain very disciplined. I am looking forward to the season."
For ticket information to all Rice events, contact the ticket office at 713-522-OWLS (6957). The 2011 Rice soccer schedule is as follows:
2011 Rice Soccer Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Location||Time||Aug. 12||Houston Baptist (exhib.)||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Aug. 19||Texas Tech||at Lubbock||7:30 pm||Aug. 21||McNeese State||Rice Soccer Stadium||1 pm||Aug. 26||TCU||at Fort Worth||7 pm||Sept. 2||LSU||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Sept. 4||Sam Houston State||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Sept. 8||Utah State||at Logan, Utah||5 pm||Sept. 10||BYU||at Provo, Utah||8 pm||Sept. 17||Western Kentucky||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Sept. 23||UAB||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Sept. 25||Memphis||Rice Soccer Stadium||1 pm||Sept. 30||SMU||at Dallas||7 pm||Oct. 2||Tulsa||at Tulsa, Okla.||1:05 pm||Oct. 7||Colorado College||at Colorado Springs, Col.||5 pm||Oct. 9||UTEP||at El Paso||2 pm||Oct. 14||UCF||Rice Soccer Stadium||7 pm||Oct. 16||Southern Miss||Rice Soccer Stadium||1 pm||Oct. 21||East Carolina||at Greenville, NC||6 pm||Oct. 23||Marshall||at Huntington, W.Va.||11 am||Oct. 28||Houston||at Robertson Stadium||7 pm||Nov. 2||C-USA Championship||at Memphis, Tenn.||tba||Nov. 4||C-USA Championship||at Memphis, Tenn.||tba||Nov. 6||C-USA Championship||at Memphis, Tenn.||1 pm|