Owls Picked Second In C-USA Preseason Coaches Poll
Soccer Team Hosts Exhibition Match Aug. 16
Aug. 6, 2013
On the same day the players on the Rice soccer team reported for the first time this season, the Owls were picked second in Conference USA in a preseason poll of the league's 16 head coaches the C-USA office announced on August 6.
Rice was picked second in the 2013 preseason poll behind Colorado College. A year ago both schools tied for the league's regular season championship with identical 8-2-1 C-USA records. New league member North Texas, coming off a Sun Belt Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance, was picked third. Tulsa was voted fourth while FIU was picked fifth.
The new-look C-USA grew from 12 teams in 2012 to 16 in for 2013. For women's soccer the conference features two eight-team divisions (East and West). The top five teams in each division following the regular season will earn a spot in the 2013 Conference USA Championship, hosted by Rice from November 4-10.
Under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams the Owls return eight of its starting 11 players from last season, including all four of the team's top goal-scores. In 2012 Rice was led in goals (10) and shots (76) by Holly Hargreaves, a sophomore from New Hope, Pa. Hargreaves was named as a 2013 C-USA Player to Watch after being named the C-USA Freshman of the Year last season.
Rice hosts an exhibition match on August 16 (Friday) against the University of Houston at 7 pm. The Owls officially open the season on August 23 at home against longtime state rival and NCAA Tournament participant Stephen F. Austin. Start time is slated for 7 pm. Soccer season tickets are $50 for reserved seating, and $99 for a family plan that includes two adult and two youth season tickets. All soccer season ticket plans include a set of Rice Soccer trading cards and two ticket vouchers to any home Rice volleyball match.