Let The Games Begin!

Hope Ward
Jones College

Aug. 18, 2011

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    THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team opens the 2011 season with a pair of games this weekend (Aug. 19-21). The season-opener is set for this Friday (Aug. 19) on the road at longtime rival state rival Texas Tech. Start time is slated for 7 pm at the John Walker Soccer Complex in Lubbock, Tex. The Owls play their 2011 home-opener on Sunday (Aug. 21) against McNeese State. The opening kick with Cowgirls is slated for 1 pm at the Rice Soccer Stadium.

    CATCH THE GAME LIVE ON OWLVISION ALL-ACCESS: All Rice soccer home games are scheduled for a live web broadcast on OwlVision All-Access. OwlVision is a subscription-based service which provides a live video and audio feed on the Internet. Join broadcaster Charlie Adams for the Rice call of the home soccer action. More information for watching Rice sports is at the same All-Access Soccer Link (provided above).

    QUICK ON THE OWLS: The 2011 Rice soccer team features 16 letterwinners, including seven regular starters, from last season's team that went 8-8-4 and reached the Conference USA Tournament. A total of eight newcomers are on the squad, all of which are freshmen from the club and high school ranks. The Blue & Gray has four experienced seniors led by Hope Ward in the midfield. Junior defender Amy Beger is a stalwart on the Owls' backline who earned all-conference honors last season.

     

     

    GOING FIRST: The soccer team is the first Owl squad to get intercollegiate competition underway for the 2011 fall semester. The Rice volleyball team gets its season underway on Aug. 26, the Owl football team kicks-off on Sept. 3, golf starts on Sept. 12 and cross country begins on Sept. 16.

    EARLIEST START EVER: The Aug. 19 start date is the earliest opening day for soccer in school history. It tops the previous record set last season by one day (Aug. 20, 2010).

    OPENERS: Rice is 5-3-2 in season-openers. In 2010 the Blue and Gray lost its season-opener for the first time in seven years with a 1-0 defeat at Baylor. The Owls are 6-2-2 in their home-openers. The team is undefeated (3-0-1) when the season-opener is also the home-opener.

    HEAD COACH NICKY ADAMS: Rice Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan promoted Nicky Adams to the Owls' head soccer coach on Nov. 15, 2010. Adams joined the soccer staff in January of 2003 and was elevated to associate head coach in 2006. On September 15, 2010, Adams was named the Rice interim head coach, replacing former head coach Chris Huston (who started the Rice program in 2001)... Adams, a former All-America soccer player and 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, led Rice to a winning 5-4-4 record over the final 13 games of the schedule. The Owls finished the year qualifying for the C-USA Postseason Tournament... She is assisted by coach John Adams (Cincinnati, 2003), who is in his second year with the team, Allison Martino (Texas A&M, 2008) who is in her first year at Rice, and Owl great Kate Edwards as the new student coach.

    PREVIOUS OUTING: Owls Claim 3-0 Exhibition Victory Over Houston Baptist
    HOUSTON - Junior forward Alex Burton scored goals in each half and senior Annie Kadota added another late in the contest to pace the Rice women's soccer team to a 3-0 exhibition victory over visiting Houston Baptist Friday night at the Rice Soccer Stadium... The match between the crosstown foes was intended to help both teams prepare for their respective 2011 season-opener, now fast-approaching for Rice in only a week's time. It was literally a friendly, and therefore locked-in not to count in any team standings, nor would any individual performances register among the school's statistical records and ledgers. The Owls, however, didn't appear to be taking that approach... Rice maintained a high work-rate for the full 90 minutes, controlled the tempo with a 25-6 advantage in shots, and held a 13-2 margin in corner kicks. The Blue & Gray posted a 16-2 shots advantage in the second half when fatigue from another summer day in the high 90s should have been playing a bigger role. The offense was in-gear, but almost lost in all the fireworks was a sound and solid effort by the Owl defenders who frustrated the Huskies in allowing only two shots on-goal for 90 minutes. Two Owl goalkeepers who were both playing in their first collegiate action, junior Andie Obermeyer and freshman Amy Czyz, corralled both shot attempts and combined for a shut-out victory.
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    BIG HOME CROWDS: The 1,481 fans that came to see the Rice-Houston game last season was the Owls' third-largest home soccer crowd in the program's history. Here's a closer look at Rice's big home crowds.

    Rice's Largest Home Crowds
    Year	Attn.	Opponent
    2001	1,752	Army
    2001	1,487	Texas State
    2010	1,481	Houston
    2001	1,360	Houston
    2005	1,276	Auburn
    2005	1,273	UTEP
    2005	1,087	Houston
    2010	1,047	BYU
    

    JUST FOR KICKS: Fans will once again have a chance to get some extra insight to the Owls' soccer team via RiceOwls.com. Over the course of the season the players will be featured one-by-one in a question & answer segment titled "Just For Kicks." Fans can check out the feature at the link at the top of this page.

    OTHER C-USA ACTION: It's time to kick-off Conference USA soccer with the first weekend of the regular season. The league's weekend slate is as follows:

    Friday, August 19
    Colorado College vs. Colorado ................... 5:30 pm
    South Carolina at East Carolina ...................... 6 pm
    USF at UCF ...................................................... 6 pm
    LSU at Memphis.................................... ... ...........7 pm
    SMU at Arkansas ............................................. 7 pm
    Southern Miss at Ole Miss.................. ..... .........7 pm
    Tulsa at Oral Roberts........................ .... .............7 pm
    UAB at Oklahoma................................. ...... ........7 pm
    New Mexico State at UTEP ............................. 7 pm
    Rice at Texas Tech .......................................... 7:30 pm

    Sunday, August 21
    East Carolina at Old Dominion.................. ... ....1 pm
    McNeese State at Rice .................................... 1 pm
    UALR at Memphis....................................... .. .....1 pm
    Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss......... .... .........1 pm
    UAB at Oklahoma State........................ ...... .......1 pm
    Colorado vs. Denver ................................... 2:30 pm
    Texas at Houston ............................................ 7 pm
    Wake Forest at UCF ........................................ 6 pm

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