Owls Play Games At LSU & McNeese State This Weekend

The Owls have a pair of tough road games this weekend.

Aug. 23, 2012

Live Stats vs. LSU (available at game time)
Live Stats vs. McNeese State (available at game time)
C-USA Soccer Home Page
Just For Kicks, 2012 Edition
Rice Soccer 360! (a 360-degree photo of Rice Soccer)

THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team is on the road in Louisiana for a pair games this weekend. The Owls face SEC power LSU in Baton Rouge on Friday (Aug. 24) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then meets McNeese State in Lake Charles on Sunday (Aug. 26) at 6 pm. Rice returns to home action on August 31 to play the first of two games that weekend against longtime rivals TCU and Texas State, respectively.

LIVE IN-GAME STATS: Live in-game statistics for both Rice soccer games this weekend will be available by accessing the respective links at the top of this page, the soccer schedule page, or on the home page of RiceOwls.com.

QUICK ON THE OWLS: The 2012 Rice soccer team features 18 letterwinners, including eight regular starters, from last season's team that posted a winning 10-7-4 record and reached the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament. A total of seven newcomers are on the squad, all of which are freshmen with elite experience garnered from the club and high school ranks. The Blue & Gray has five veteran seniors, including captains Lauren LaGro on defense and Julia Barrow in the midfield. Junior defender Hayley Williams is a stalwart on the Owls' backline who has started all 42 games in her Rice career.



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 Rice soccer staff in January of 2003 and was named associate head coach in 2006. The former All-America soccer player and 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, has led the Owls to an 15-12-8 record since Sept. 18, 2010... She is assisted by coach John Adams (Cincinnati, 2003), who is in his third year with the team and Allison Martino (Texas A&M, 2008) who is in her second year at Rice.

EARLIEST START EVER: Last week's August 17 starting day was the earliest opening day for Rice soccer in school history. It topped the previous record set last season by two days (Aug. 19, 2011).

HOWARD SIDELINED: Preseason all-Conference USA honoree Jessica Howard has been sidelined for the entire season due to an injury. Howard was a first team C-USA selection in 2011 who led Rice in goals (8), game-winning goals (4), points (19), shots (57) and shots-on-goal (24). The Dallas, Tex., native was versatile enough to start at both forward and in the midfield and posted the fourth-highest single-season goal total in school history.

PREVIOUS OUTING - Baylor Tops Rice 1-0 On Opening Day: HOUSTON - Rice sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz posted a career-high eight saves, but a first half Baylor goal was the lone score in a 1-0 win over the Owls' soccer team in the season-opener for both teams on August 17 at the Rice Soccer/Track Stadium's Holloway Field... Cyzy was sound and solid with eight saves, including five in the first half as Baylor provided a steady wave of offensive pressure. The Bears built an 18-4 advantage in shots in the first half and stretched the margin to 24-8 overall for the contest... "Defensively we were stretched-out too much and Baylor was able to put us on our toes quite a bit," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "I am disappointed we did not execute our game plan. Amy came up with some huge saves that kept it close. Our freshman forward, Lauren Hughes, also played well. Although she was able to attack, we didn't support her."... Baylor's Alex Klein came off the bench to score in the 41st minute and break the game's 0-0 deadlock. After a serve from Katie Daigle on the right wing, Klein found the back of the Rice net with a shot from 12 yards out... "Baylor is a very good team to have to play as your very first game," Czyz said. "They came at us, no question, but I liked how we kept fighting. We worked together to get better, and we did. We played better in the second half."... Rice was led in shots by true freshman Holly Hargreaves who finished with three attempts. Senior Julia Barrow and Quinney Truong both had hard shot attempts in the first half that were corralled for saves by Baylor keeper Michelle Koss.

THREE OWLS HONORED C-USA PRESEASON POLL: IRVING, Tex. - Rice's Jessica Howard, Lauren LaGro and Quinney Truong have all been named to the 2012 Conference USA Preseason Soccer team, the most honorees from any school on this year's all-preseason squad, the C-USA league office announced on Aug. 7... All the preseason honorees were selected on a vote of the 12 C-USA head coaches. Rice led the way in the number of preseason selections while Colorado College and UCF both had two players named to the 11-member team. Having three honorees tied for the most in the history of the Rice soccer program. The Owls also had three players earn preseason accolades in the back-to-back years of 2003 and 2004 when the University was a member of the Western Athletic Conference... "It is an honor to be considered one of the top players in a conference because with their vote the coaches are showing their respect for the best players," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "I strongly believe C-USA is one of the best conferences in the nation, and there are tremendous players in this conference. The 11 players selected are completely worthy of the recognition, and it is exciting to have three Rice players named to this team. We feel that we have created a lot of depth and we are looking for these three players to step up and help create a competitive consistent environment amongst our team."... The Owl trio of Howard, LaGro and Truong are all coming off all-conference caliber seasons from a year ago. LaGro was a second team all-conference defender who led the team in minutes played. The senior from Dallas anchored a Rice backline that allowed just 11.4 shots per game, one of the best totals in the league and the lowest by an Owl defense in four years... Truong played her way into third team all-conference honors as a true freshman last season. Not only did the midfielder from Fort Worth, Tex., tie for third on the team in goals (2) and points (7), she started 20 matches and played 90 or more minutes nine times... "All three players are so well-rounded," Adams said. "Lauren has been the staple to our backline the last three years. She is a strong smart player and is an incredible leader. Jessica has an attacking presence and the league knows that she is a goal-scorer. Quinney is one of the best technically and tactically in the conference. The three players selected for Rice completely deserve it. We are very excited to kick off the 2012 season."... A year ago the Owls finished 10-7-4 overall and tied for sixth place in the C-USA standings. The Blue & Gray won its opening-round game in the C-USA Tournament and tied UTEP, 0-0, in the semifinal round. The C-USA head coaches picked Rice fifth in 2012 preseason poll.

SOCCER SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Season tickets for both Rice soccer and volleyball are now on sale through the Rice Athletics Ticket Office... Not only is there a host of new benefits and great savings for season ticket holders, Rice tickets are easy to purchase on-line. In addition to the fan-friendly family plans and flex-packs, there are discounts for youths and senior citizens. The 2012 season marks the introduction of the new Flex Pack season ticket, where season ticket holders can redeem their tickets in different quantities for games of their choosing... Season ticket prices are listed below. The Rice Ticket Office is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Fans can make their on-line purchase at any time.

Volleyball Soccer
Adult - $40
44% Savings
Adult Reserved - $50
17% Savings
Youth (ages 3-17)
Senior Citizens (62+) - $30
(50% Savings)
Adult General Admission - $40
(33% Savings)
Family Plan (2 adult/2 youth)
(73% Savings)- $120
Youth - $25
(37% Savings)
Family Plan (2 adult/2 youth)
(50% Savings)- $99

Flex Pack Season Ticket
New in 2012: "Together" Fall Season Ticket Flex Plan. This new initiative allows fans to experience Rice Athletics at a whole new value level. Fans now have the option to use any quantity of their purchased season tickets to any game of their choice. For example - the tickets may be redeemed one-at-a-time, or all-at-once if you wanted to bring a big group to a single game. Use the "Together" Flex Pack season ticket inventory any way you choose for both soccer and volleyball!

Season Ticket Holder Benefits
• Flex Season Ticket
• 2 "Together" Ticket vouchers to a soccer or volleyball match of your choice
• 2 invitations to Meet n' Greet with players and coaches
• 1 Rice T-shirt
• 1 entry in exclusive drawing for volleyball season ticket holders (volleyball season ticket holders only)
• 1 soccer promotional item (soccer season ticket holders only

Link Here To Purchase Tickets On-Line

OWLS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON NATIONAL TV: Rice soccer is ready for prime time TV in 2012. The Owls' October 11 soccer game at Memphis has been picked for a television broadcast by FOX Soccer, the network announced in conjunction with the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) and Conference USA... The Rice-Memphis match has been picked as Fox Soccer's NSCAA Game of the Week. The contest is one of just eight women's games from across the country selected to appear during FOX Soccer's 12-week broadcast schedule of men's and women's college games. The Owls-Tigers showdown is set for 7 pm at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis.

THE OPPOSITION : LSU (1-0-0) returns six starters from last season's team that went 13-8-1. The Tigers are an eye-opening 33-5-7 when playing at home the last five seasons. LSU is also 14-3 in home openers all-time, and winners of 13 of their last 14 home-openers dating back to 1998. A week the Tigers defeated Oklahoma 1-0 on the road to open the season... McNeese State (0-1-0) returns seven starters from the 2011 team that finished 8-11-0. In their home-opener last week, the Cowgirls rallied to tie UL-Lafayette before falling in overtime. Prior to facing Rice, McNeese State hosts UL-Monroe on Friday night.

THE RESPECTIVE SERIES: Rice and LSU met for the first time last season with the Owls claiming a 1-0 home victory in overtime (Sept. 2)... The Blue & Gray are 2-0-1 in three career meetings with McNeese State. Both Owl wins in the series were in Houston (2008 and 2011). The teams battled to a 2-2 deadlock in Lake Charles, La., in the first meeting of the series in 2007.

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: The Conference USA season is in full-swing. The league's slate of games for this weekend is as follows:
Friday, August 24
Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech - 11 am
Oral Roberts at SMU - 5 pm
(3) Florida State at (9) UCF - 6 pm
Rice at LSU - 7 pm
Notre Dame at Tulsa - 7:35 pm
Colorado College at Northern Colorado - 8 pm

Sunday, Aug. 26
Marshall at Ohio - Noon
(RV) Miami at (9) UCF - Noon
Army at UTEP - Noon
East Carolina at Notre Dame - 1 pm
Houston at North Texas - 1 pm
Alabama at UAB - 1 pm
Nicholls State at Tulsa - 2 pm
Southern Miss at SE Louisiana - 4 pm
Rice at McNeese State - 6 pm
Arkansas at SMU - 7 pm



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