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Rice Soccer (4-1-1) begins a rugged stretch of the schedule where the team does not play another home game for almost a full month. The Owls travel to Ohio to face Dayton on Friday (Sept. 11) at 6:30 pm. The Blue & Gray then compete at Miami-Ohio on Sept. 13 (Sunday) at 11 am. All times listed are Central Time.
This Week's Soccer Links
Friday, Sept. 11: Rice at Dayton, 6:30 pm
Watch Online (free from Dayton)
Sunday, Sept. 13: Rice at Miami-Ohio, 11 am
(No video webcast this game)
In the below video, Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams previews the (Week 4) upcoming matches, and updates the Owls' progress on the young season.
QUICK ON THE OWLS (4-1-1): 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 51-31-8. 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), and the rookie duo of Courtney Sirmans and Cami Koski, who are both in their first year with the program.
TWO RETURN TO OHIO: Two from the Rice soccer program are returning to their home state of Ohio this weekend. Assistant coach Courtney Sirmans is a native of Centerville, Ohio, who was a standout player for the Dayton Flyers during the 2004-2007 seasons. Owl junior goalkeeper Zoe Pochobradsky was a prep/club star originally from Cincinnati. She is in her first season of starting in-goal for Rice.
LAST WEEK: The Owls went beaten in a pair of home games. On Sept. 3 (Thursday) Rice and longtime state rival battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw. On Sunday the Blue & Gray then returned to top SEC power Arkansas by a 2-1 score. The matches were Rice’s last to be played at home until October 2.
ON DAYTON: Dayton is 0-5-0 on the season after opening the schedule on the road in Florida before facing a pair of Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan State. A year ago the Flyers went 12-9-2 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the A-10 title.
THE RICE-DAYTON SERIES: Rice and Dayton have met on the soccer field once before. A year ago the Owls and Flyers battled to a 2-2 draw in Houston. The (then) junior tandem of Danielle Spriggs and Holly Hargreaves both scored goals for Rice
ON MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks of Miami-Ohio are 2-3-0 overall with wins over SEC foe Vanderbilt and a convincing 4-0 road victory at C-USA opponent Western Kentucky. Sunday’s match is the lone game this week for the RedHawks.
THE RICE-REDHAWK SERIES: The Owls and Miami-Ohio Redhawks are meeting for the first time