Head Coach Nicky Adams previews the Owls' Houston match in the above video.
By: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team returns to action with a pair of matches to be held in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls face No. 18 ranked Memphis on Sept. 8 before taking on Tulsa at the Tigers’ Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Tennessee on Sept. 10. Start times for the respective matches are set for 7:30 pm vs. Memphis on Friday, followed by a 2 pm match vs. Tulsa on Sunday.
QUICK ON THE OWLS (2-1-1): The 2017 Rice soccer team returns eight of 11 starters from last season's squad that went 11-5-1 and finished second in the Conference USA regular season standings. The Owls return a total of 18 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, who is now in her seventh full year at the helm of the program. Adams owns a career record of 70-43-21. A former pro player and All-America honoree while playing at Texas A&M, Adams was inducted into her alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015. Adams' coaching staff includes Courtney Sirmans in her third year with the program, and Brenton Saylor in his second year with the Owls.
PREVIOUS MATCH: (Sept. 3) HOUSTON – Senior Nia Stallings notched the first Rice hat trick in three years, while junior Marissa Topolski scored a goal and had two assists, to help rally the Rice soccer team to a 4-1 victory over visiting crosstown rival Houston on Labor Day evening at the Owls' Holloway Field… Rice improved to 2-1-1 on the season before a crowd of 613 fans. All proceeds from the match are to go to the United Way of Houston's Flood Relief Fund… Houston opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Madison Soileau found Hannah Dauzat in an open lane in the Owls’ defensive third. Dauzat converted on a shot from the left side to put the Cougars up 1-0. Rice tied the score before the intermission. In the 28th minute Mallory Radtke served to Topolski charging toward the center of the 18, who then lined a strike to the back of the UH net for the equalizer. Stallings took over the contest in the second half, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute and then twice on near-consecutive exchanges in the 65th minute. After trailing 1-0 early the Blue & Gray finished with a comfortable 26-7 advantage in shots.
THE RICE-MEMPHIS SERIES: Memphis leads the all-time series with Rice 5-2-1. The Owls' best two results were a pair of dramatic upsets over the Tigers by the scores of 2-1 in 2009 and 2-0 on the road in Tennessee in 2012. Both contests were nationally televised. Rice dropped a narrow 1-0 match to the Tigers last season in Tulsa, Okla.
THE RICE-TULSA SERIES: Rice leads the all-time series with Tulsa 9-5-0. The Owls defeated the Golden Hurricane 3-2 in the most recent meeting between the longtime rivals, held a year ago in Tulsa.