July 22, 2013
Former Rice soccer players, Amy Beger, Lauren LaGro and Catherine Fitzsimmons, have helped lead the city of Houston's team in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) to the national semifinals with and undefeated record and chance to win the league's title this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
The Owl trio are all starters for the Houston Aces, one of four teams contending for the 2013 championship of the WPSL - the largest women's soccer league in the world with more than 70 teams across the country. The WPSL provides opportunities to further the women's soccer game for the aspiring professional, international-level players and passionate amateurs. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Fitzsimmons, who finished at Rice in 2010, starts in goal for the Aces while fellow Owls Beger and LaGro start on the backline. Last year the two defenders helped lead Rice to the 2012 Conference USA regular season championship in their senior year.
With a 2-1 come-from-behind win over an Illinois team last Saturday in a playoff of regional champions, the Aces (now 20-0-0) advanced to the WPSL's national semifinals. The Aces next meet the New England Mutiny in Sacramento, Calif., on July 27. The winner of the match advances to meet either Florida or San Diego in the WPSL's Championship Final.