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Sept. 13, 2012

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THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team (2-4-1) is at home for one game and on the road for another this weekend. The Owls host Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma (4-3-1) on Friday (Sept. 14) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then hits the road for a match at longtime rival Sam Houston State (3-5-0) in Huntsville, Tex., on Sunday at 1 pm.

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 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 48 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 17-15-9 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.

FINAL "NON-CON" ACTION: This week's matches are the final two non-conference regular season games for the Owls this year. Next weekend (Sept. 21-23) Rice hosts rivals SMU and Tulsa to open up Conference USA league play.

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 were all 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
44% Savings
Adult Reserved - $50
17% Savings
Youth (ages 3-17)
Senior Citizens (62+) - $30
(50% Savings)
Adult General Admission - $40
(33% Savings)
Family Plan (2 adult/2 youth)
(73% Savings)- $120
Youth - $25
(37% Savings)
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 : One week ago the Oklahoma Sooners stormed to a dramatic 1-0 victory over Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, a team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time. The Sooners maintain a steady .424 shots-on-goal percentage and are led in scoring by Renae Cuellar's five goals... On Sept. 9 Sam Houston State battled C-USA foe UTEP to a narrow 1-0 loss on the road in El Paso after a Miner shot bounced off the goal frame for the lone score of the day. The Bearkats host UTSA on Friday night before facing the Owls.

THE RESPECTIVE SERIES: The Rice-Oklahoma soccer series is tied 1-1-0. The Owls scored late for a 1-0 win in the very first meeting with the Sonners in Norman in 2008. Oklahoma won at home by the same score in 2010. Friday's contest marks OU's first trip to play Rice in Houston... Rice leads the all-time series with Sam Houston State 2-0-0. The Owls claimed a 2-0 victory in the first meeting between the schools in 2008. The Blue & Gray won last year's match 4-1. Sunday's showdown is Rice's first time to meet the Bearkats in Huntsville.

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. C-USA action heats up next week with the start of conference matches. The league's slate of games for this weekend is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 14
Marshall at Kent State - 3 pm
UAB at Stetson - 3 pm
Arkansas State at Southern Miss - 4 pm
Pacific at Colorado College - 5 pm
North Florida at (6) UCF - 6 pm
Southeast Missouri at Memphis - 7 pm
Oklahoma at Rice - 7 pm
SMU at Baylor - 7 pm
Oral Roberts at Tulsa - 7:35 pm

Sunday, Sept. 16
UAB at Florida Atlantic - 10 am
Colgate at Colorado College - 1 pm
UTSA at Houston - 1 pm
Middle Tennessee at Memphis - 1 pm
Rice at Sam Houston State - 1 pm
Marshall at Akron - 2 pm
East Carolina at UNC Wilmington - 6 pm
Oklahoma at SMU - 7 pm

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