Rice Soccer Plays Friday In Corpus-Christi, Sunday at BBVA

Aug. 25, 2015

THIS WEEKEND: The Rice soccer team is off campus for a pair games this weekend. The Owls (1-1-0 overall) play on the road at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday (Aug. 28) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then heads way downtown on Sunday (Aug. 30) to face Sam Houston State at BBVA Compass Stadium - the professional soccer home of both the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash. Start time for the match is 4 pm. The college contest is part of a soccer double-header where the Houston Dash hosts the Boston Breakers in a NWSL regular season game. Start time for that match is 7:30 pm.

SUNDAY TICKETS: Tickets to Sunday’s game at BBVA Compass Stadium includes both the Rice and Houston Dash games. The cost for admission to the double-header is $20. Tickets are available for purchase at the Rice Ticket Office located in Tudor Fieldhouse. The Ticket Office phone number is 713-348-OWLS (6957).

ONE MORE NOTE ABOUT SUNDAY: Sunday’s match may be at a neutral setting of BBVA Compass Stadium, but Sam Houston State is the home team for the match. The Owls are the visiting team and will wear the road kit.

GAME LINKS: Friday: Rice at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 7pm at Dugan Soccer Stadium
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Sunday: Rice vs. Sam Houston State; 4pm at BBVA Compass Stadium
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QUICK ON THE OWLS: The 2015 Rice soccer team returns seven of 11 starters from last season’s squad that posted a school record-tying 14 wins, won the C-USA Tournament Championship and advanced to national postseason play in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue & Gray return a total of 20 letterwinners from a year ago and welcome in a talented new recruiting class.



COACH’S CORNER: Rice soccer is under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams, the 2015 Conference USA Coach of the Year who is now in her fifth full season at the helm of the program. Adams enters the weekend with a career record of 48-31-7. A former pro player and All-America honoree while playing at Texas A&M, Adams was just recently selected for induction into her alma mater’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Her coaching staff includes veteran assistant Allison Martino (now in her fourth year at Rice), Courtney Sirmansand Cami Koski, who are both in their first year with the program. Coach Adams talks about this week’s games and reviews last week’s action in the below video.

LAST WEEK: The Owls went 1-1 in its first two games of the regular season last weekend. Rice opened the 2015 campaign hosting No. 5 ranked Texas A&M on Aug. 21 (Friday). After both teams endured a two hour weather delay prior to the opening kick, the Blue & Gray held a 2-1 halftime lead before falling by a final score of 4-2. Two days later Rice bounced back to defeat former Western Athletic Conference rival San Jose State 2-1 in double-overtime. The Owls trailed 1-0 as late as 80 minutes into the contest, rallied with a score to force overtime before winning the match in the 107th minute.

FOR THE RECORD: Senior Lauren Hughes scored the game-winning ‘golden’ goal to lift Rice past San Jose State on Sunday. The goal was the 33rd of her collegiate career to break her own school record. Hughes also had an assist in the season-opener against Texas A&M, so after the first two games of the season she extended her school record for career points from 82 to the new milestone of 85.

DID YOU KNOW: When true freshman Dominique Mazero scored in the season-opener vs. Texas A&M, she became the first Owl freshman in seven years to score a goal in her first Division I game.

SERIES HISTORY: Rice is looking to register its first official game vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The teams met in Houston last year, but the contest was rained out before it could reach the NCAA minimum of 70 minutes-played. The Owls have won each of the three meetings against I-45 foe Sam Houston State. Sunday’s match is the first meeting between the teams since 2012.



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