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Aug. 29, 2012

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THIS WEEK: After an unbeaten road swing last weekend, the Rice soccer team is back home for a pair games this weekend. The Owls (1-1-1) host Big 12 foe TCU on Friday (Aug. 31) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then welcomes Texas State to the Rice Soccer Stadium on Sunday (Sept. 2) at 7 pm. Note that Sunday's 7 pm start is a slight change to the usual Sunday schedule. The games are Rice's only home soccer action until a Sept. 14 game against Big 12 power Oklahoma.

CATCH HOME GAMES LIVE ON OWLVISION ALL-ACCESS: All Rice 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. All the information about watching Rice sports on-line is available at the All-Access Soccer Link (provided above). Broadcaster Charlie Adams has the call on Rice home soccer games this season.

 

 

LIVE IN-GAME STATS: Live in-game statistics for all Rice home matches and C-USA league games are posted on the web. At the start of the game go to the GameTracker link at the top of this page, the soccer schedule page, or on the home page of RiceOwls.com, and follow a text play-by-play of the action.

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 44 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 16-12-9 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.

CZYZ NAMED C-USA DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: IRVING, Tex. - Rice sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz has been named the Conference USA defensive player of the week for soccer the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Tex., on Monday (Aug. 27). Kenzie Scovill of SMU and Tess Hall of UTEP both shared the C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors... Czyz was sound and solid to help Rice post an unbeaten 1-0-1 last weekend. On Friday, Czyz made an eye-opening career-high 11 saves to help preserve a 1-1 double-overtime tie on the road at LSU. The Danville, Calif., native also made a save in 77 minutes of work Sunday in a road game at McNeese State. She had left Sunday's contest with the Owls already holding a comfortable 2-0 lead. For the two games, Czyz made 12 total saves in 187 minutes of action and maintained a composite .923 goals-against average. This is her first defensive player of the week award of the 2012 season and second of her young career... Scovill scored three goals, including a pair of game-winners, and added an assist as SMU defeated Oral Roberts and Arkansas last weekend. Hall also recorded three goals and one assist to help UTEP capture the Border Shootout Championship with Miner wins over Texas State and Army.

PREVIOUS OUTING - Owls Blank McNeese State To Complete Louisiana Road Swing: LAKE CHARLES La. - The Rice freshman duo of Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes scored goals to pace the Owl soccer team to a 2-0 road victory over McNeese State Sunday evening (Aug. 26) at the MSU Soccer Complex in Lake Charles, La.... Rice applied the offensive pressure early and opened the game's scoring in the first half. In the 22nd minute, senior Lauren LaGro broke free from traffic on the right wing and served a quick cross to Hargreaves. The freshman from New Hope, Pa., needed only a touch to settle before firing a shot from the top of the 18. The ball found the back of the MSU net for a 1-0 Rice advantage, and was Hargreaves' second goal in as many games... "I thought we did a really good job of maintaining possession and being a little more patient on the offensive end," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "It led to a number of scoring opportunities. After playing double-overtime with only 10 players on Friday, I thought an early score was essential. Holly put us on the board with a great play."... Only 20 seconds after the second half started, the contest was delayed for 30 minutes due to lightning in the area. When play resumed it was the Owls who flipped-on the electricity with a quick goal. Senior midfielder Julia Barrow escaped an MSU double-team to find freshman Lauren Hughes in free space. An international standout from Ottawa, Canada, Hughes dribbled in from the left side and blasted a shot from 10 yards out. She scored her first career goal in the 47th minute to stretch the margin to 2-0... "We told the players that we wanted to put it away after the end of the lightning delay," Adams said. "To score less than two minutes later was really big. This was a good way to end the weekend and we now have to build on this victory."... The Blue & Gray held a 19-5 advantage in shots, and an 8-1 margin in shots on goal. Hargreaves led all players with seven attempts. The Owls also had the edge in corner kicks 7-2, including five in the first half.

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.

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
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Adult Reserved - $50
17% Savings
Youth (ages 3-17)
Senior Citizens (62+) - $30
(50% Savings)
Adult General Admission - $40
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Family Plan (2 adult/2 youth)
(73% Savings)- $120
Youth - $25
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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 : TCU (1-1-1) returns six starters from last season's team that went 7-11-1. The Horned Frogs opened the 2012 season with a tie on the road at New Mexico and a home win over Montana in TCU's home invitational tournament. The junior tandem of Kelly Johnson and Brittany Slyman share the team lead in goals and are tied for second in shots. New goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold owns 11 saves and has maintained a .786 save percentage... Texas State (2-2-0) returns seven starters from the 2011 team that finished 14-6-1, won the Southland Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats are playing this season as new members of the Western Athletic Conference, where Rice was a league member for soccer from 2001 to 2004. Prior to facing the Owls, Texas State plays across town at Houston Baptist on Friday night.

THE RESPECTIVE SERIES: Rice leads the all-time series with TCU, 4-3-1. The Owls defeated the Horned Frogs 1-0 last season in Fort Worth. The Blue & Gray is looking for its first home win over TCU since a 1-0 double-overtime victory in 2007... The 2007 season was also the last time the Owls played Texas State in soccer. Rice claimed a 2-1 win in that meeting and lead the all-time series 4-2-1. The Bobcats are looking for their first win road-win at Rice since 2001.

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 31
Louisiana-Monroe at Southern Miss - 4 pm
SMU vs. New Mexico - 5 pm
Missouri State at Tulsa - 5:35 pm
Davidson at East Carolina - 6 pm
St. Francis at Marshall - 6 pm
UTEP vs. Southern Utah - 6 pm
Dartmouth at (9) UCF - 6:30 pm
Houston at Louisiana Lafayette - 7 pm
Arkansas State at (RV) Memphis - 7 pm
TCU at Rice - 7 pm
(3) Oklahoma State at UAB - 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 1
Colorado College at BYU - 8 pm

Sunday, Sept. 2
SMU vs. (10) Virginia - 11 am
Charlotte at East Carolina - 1 pm
Houston at LSU - 1 pm
(3) Oklahoma State at (RV) Memphis - 1 pm
Georgia State at Southern Miss - 2 pm
Georgia at UCF - 2 pm
UTEP at UC-Riverside - 3 pm
Northwestern State at Tulsa - 4:30 pm
UAB at Samford - 6 pm
Texas State at Rice - 7 pm

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