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The Owls have a pair of tough road games this weekend.
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Just For Kicks, 2012 Edition
Rice Soccer 360! (a 360-degree photo of Rice Soccer) THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team (2-2-1) is back on the road for a pair games this weekend. The Owls play at longtime rival Stephen F. Austin (4-2-0) on Friday (Sept. 7) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then meets No. 3 ranked Oklahoma State (6-0-0) on the road in Stillwater, Okla., on Sunday at noon. Note that Sunday's noon start is a time change from some earlier listings.

"TRICKY": In this week's preview of upcoming games across the nation, the soccer internet site TopDrawerSoccer.com called the Owls' team "tricky." The mention was listed here.

CATCH THE GAMES LIVE ON-LINE: Both Rice opponents this weekend are streaming a live video and audio feed of the respective soccer games from that school's own web site. Links to the SFA and OSU web sites are provided above.

LIVE IN-GAME STATS: Live in-game statistics for this weekend's matches 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 Julia Barrow in the midfield and defender/midfielder Lauren LaGro. Junior defender Hayley Williams is a stalwart on the Owls' backline who has started all 46 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 17-13-9 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.

PREVIOUS OUTING - Owls Top Texas State 2-1 Sunday Night: HOUSTON - The Rice freshman duo of Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes both scored goals to lead the Owls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Texas State Sunday night at the Rice Soccer Stadium... Rice held a comfortable 11-0 advantage in shots in the first half. It was a one-sided race in shots in the early-going, but with no goals to show for all the offensive opportunities the Owls were hungry for a breakthrough score. Finally, in the 31st minute, Hargreaves fired a close-range shot attempt after a corner kick by senior Alex Burton. The freshman from New Hope, Pa., found the back of the net to give the Owls a 1-0 lead with her team-leading third goal of the season... "The first half I thought we did a really good job," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "We held possession of the ball and did a nice job of creating attacking opportunities. Holly got us on the board right before the half and that was a good way to go into the lockerroom."... Texas State made adjustments and quickly tied the game in the second half. In the 48th minute, Bobcat midfielder Tori Hale headed-in a deflected corner kick from teammate Jourdan Brown for her first goal of the season and a new 1-1 game... The contest did not stay tied very long. In the 50th minute senior Julia Barrow found Hughes with a long serve in traffic in front of the Bobcat goal. The freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, blasted a shot past the keeper on the left side for her second goal of the year as Rice reclaimed the lead, 2-1. Hughes' score was officially just two minute and 20 seconds (2:20) after Texas State had tied the game - the eighth-fastest recovery-goal in the history of the Owls' soccer program... "The first half was an awesome start for the team, but Lauren's goal really hyped everyone up," Hargreaves said. "It was really important for us to come back with a win after Friday's game. I think as a team we all wanted it really badly and worked really hard. We did jump offside at times, but I think the pieces are coming together and the whole team looked really sharp... Rice finished an18-10 lead in shots for the entire game. The Hargreaves and Hughes duo shared the individual lead of four shots each. With fellow freshmen Danielle Spriggs and Jasmine Isokpunwu also in the starting lineup, Hargreaves has enjoyed having a role in the Blue & Gray's 2012 youth movement. Freshmen have scored all five of the Owls' goals in the team's five games, with Hargreaves accounting for three. It's a quick start, but Hargreaves has been equally quick at giving credit where she said it is due... "It's been fun," Hargeaves surmised of her (and her freshmen teammates') young college career. "The freshmen have done well, but we've had a lot of help. The upperclassmen have been so helpful, bringing us along. I think the whole team is picking each other up. That's what has been the best part."

HOWARD SIDELINED: Preseason all-Conference USA honoree Jessica Howard has been sidelined for the entire 2012 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.

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Adult Reserved - $50
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Youth (ages 3-17)
Senior Citizens (62+) - $30
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Adult General Admission - $40
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Family Plan (2 adult/2 youth)
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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 : Stephen F. Austin (4-2-0) returns ten starters from the 2011 team that finished 15-3-1 and won the Southland Conference regular season championship with an undefeated 9-0-0 league record. SFA has already defeated Big 12 team TCU on the road in Fort Worth and clipped C-USA foe Houston at home in Nacogdoches... The Oklahoma State Cowgirls have rolled through their first six opponents and have climbed to the No. 3 ranking in the country. A year ago OSU posted its best season in school history after going 22-2-2, set a school record for wins, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the second-straight year and won a fourth-consecutive Big 12 Conference championship.

THE RESPECTIVE SERIES: Rice leads the all-time series with Stephen F. Austin, 5-0-0. The Owls defeated the Lady Jacks 3-1 in Houston in 2010. The Blue & Gray last played in Nacogdoches in 2009 and recorded a 3-2 win in overtime... The 2009 season was also the last time the Owls played Oklahoma State. OSU won that meeting in Houston by a 1-0 margin. The Cowgirls lead the series with Rice 2-0-0.

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, Sept. 7
Bryant at Colorado College - 5 pm
Tulsa vs. Florida Gulf Coast - 5 pm
Marshall at Morehead State - 6 pm
(8) UCF at Sacred Heart - 6 pm
Rice at Stephen F. Austin - 7 pm
Southern Miss at South Alabama - 7 pm
SMU at TCU - 7 pm
UAB at Mississippi - 7 pm
Weber State at UTEP - 8 pm
Houston at Arizona State - 9 pm

Sunday, Sept. 9
(8) UCF at (6) Boston College - Noon
Rice at (3) Oklahoma State - Noon
Robert Morris at Colorado College - 1 pm
East Carolina at South Carolina - 1 pm
Houston vs. Arizona - 1 pm
Sam Houston State at UTEP - 1 pm
Tulsa at UMKC - 2 pm
Southern Miss at Mississippi State - 7 pm

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