Aug. 31, 2005
This past weekend was filled with tremendous up's and extremely low down's. We opened our season with a HUGE win against Auburn, something that will remain in my memory as one of the greatest games I have ever been part of. The game was unbelievable: we played in front of a crowd of 1,200 (none of whom stopped yelling throughout the 90 minute match) and were able to come back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time. I personally feel that the crowd played the biggest role in our victory; the support was unreal and their energy throughout the game kept us going and motivated us to play harder. The emotion after the game was indescribable--I was excited, proud, and unbelievably exhausted. It was so satisfying that we finally proved ourselves against a nationally-ranked team. We deserved that win: we out played them, out worked them, and, I personally believe, wanted it more. That Friday night was unforgettable.
As for Sunday, let's just say the enthusiasm didn't carry over from Friday night's game. There are no excuses for why we didn't win. All I can say is that we proved to ourselves that we still have a long way to go. Regardless of whom we beat the game before, the loss against St. Louis shows that we have to show up for each and every game and be willing to work harder than any other team on the field. While I hate to lose, I am glad this loss came early in the season; it has given us a type of "reality check" after our win against Auburn. Now we know that we can compete and beat the top teams, but each day we step onto the field we need to be prepared to play for the full 90 minutes.
Going into this weekend, it doesn't matter who we're playing or whether they are a Top-20 team. We need to show up and play for both games, for a full 90 minutes each day. If we do that, we'll come out on top. Today's practice was extremely intense--I saw more girls throw-up today than I have ever seen in the 17 years I have been playing this game. We worked our butts off and it feels great to have gotten through it as a team. These types of practices will only make us better and will make games like this past Sunday seem like a walk-through (well, maybe not that easy, but you get the point!). Our team goal for this weekend is simple: play hard and win. Thanks for all the support. Hope to see y'all out there!!!!
UTEP Slips Past Rice 1-0 In C-USA Tourney
11/02/2016 - The No. 2 seeded Rice soccer team held a 20-10 advantage in shots and a steady 7-2 margin corner kicks, but No. 7 seed UTEP slipped away with a 1-0...
Rice Scholar Athletes Honored
02/26/2017 - Rice Athletics and the R Association honored some of its best and brightest on Sunday evening as the 2017 Rice Scholar Athletes and Honor Athletes ...
Owls Meet UTEP Wednesday In C-USA's Opening Round
11/01/2016 - An automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is on the line when the Rice Soccer team competes in the 2016 Conference USA Soccer Championship this week ...
Fichera & Chaiken Lead Six Owls In C-USA Soccer...
11/01/2016 - On the eve of competing in the annual Conference USA Soccer Championship, the Rice duo of Samantha Chaiken and Jenny Fichera led a total of six...
Rice Tops FAU In Overtime For 7th-Straight Win
10/28/2016 - Sophomore Annie Walker scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the red-hot Rice soccer team, now winners of a school record-tying seven-st...
Soccer Closes Out Regular Season Friday At FAU
10/25/2016 - The Rice Soccer team wraps-up the 2016 regular season schedule on Friday (Oct. 28). The Owls travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Conference USA foe...
Isokpunwu Named C-USA Soccer Defender of the Week
10/24/2016 - Senior Jasmine Isokpunwu has been named the Conference USA Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters...
Rice Blanks Charlotte 2-0 For Sixth-Straight Win
10/23/2016 - Goals by Marissa Topolski and Jasmine Isokpunwu paced the Rice soccer team to its sixth win in a row with a 2-0 Conference USA shutout victory over...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store