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Soccer Team Blanks Tulsa 2-0 Sunday To Complete C-USA Weekend Road Sweep
The Rice soccer team got an early goal from Alex Burton, a late goal from Annie Kadota, and a second-straight complete-game shutout from goalkeeper Amy Czyz to claim a 2-0 Conference USA road victory at Tulsa Sunday afternoon at Hurricane Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team (3-4-2 overall) opens Conference USA play at home this weekend. The Owls host longtime league foes Tulsa (5-2-1) and SMU (4-4-0) on Friday and Sunday (Sept. 21-23), respectively. Start times are slated for 7 pm Friday vs. the Golden Hurricane and 1 pm Sunday against SMU.

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 Lauren LaGro. Junior defender Hayley Williams is a stalwart on the Owls' backline who has started all 50 games in her Rice career heading into this weekend. Owl freshmen have made a dramatic impact. Rookies Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes are 1-2 on the team scoring and freshman Jasmine Isokpunwu has been playing well on defense.

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 18-15-10 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.

CONFERENCE OPENERS: Rice is 4-3-0 in its C-USA opener and has won each of its last two conference-openers dating back to 2010. Every year that the Owls have won their C-USA opener the team has gone on to qualify for the league's postseason tournament.

PREVIOUS OUTING - Owls Defeat Sam Houston State 2-0 Sunday: HOUSTON - The Rice freshman tandem of Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes both scored first half goals to help lift the Owls soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Sam Houston State Sept. 16 at the Rice Soccer Stadium in Houston. The Rice offense quickly took control and jumped on the scoreboard in the tenth minute. Sophomore midfielder Quinney Truong served a corner kick into the Sam Houston keeper's box. The ball deflected off the Bearkats, but Hargreaves alertly contained the carom and punched-in a close-range shot that found the back of the net on the right side. Not only was the score Hargreaves' team-leading fourth goal of the season, it marked the Owls' fastest goal in a game this season... The Blue & Gray went from fastest-goal in a game this season to the team's first multi-goal first half. In the 41st minute another one of the Owls' talented newcomers, freshman forward Becca Koval, brought the ball down inside the 18 on the right wing. As the Bearkat defenders collapsed on Koval, the California native centered the ball back inside to Hughes sprinting toward the goal. Hughes blasted away with a shot to score from 10-yards out. Her third goal of the season doubled the Rice margin to 2-0. Originally the game was scheduled to be played at Sam Houston State's field in Huntsville, but weather ultimately forced a late change of venue and brought the game to Rice. Owl head coach Nicky Adams was glad to get the unexpected home game, but even happier to get the first half goals... "The freshmen are finding a away, and that's important," coach Adams said. "I feel like we're creating a lot of chances (that helped lead to the early score). We just need to keep working at getting some more of those to turn into goals."... By the intermission Rice had built an 11-1 advantage in shots, and the teams then posted identical numbers in the second half on the way to a final shots margin of 22-2. The Owls matched the same number of shot attempts the team had taken two days before in the 1-1 tie against Big 12 power Oklahoma. Hargreaves led all players with four attempts. Twelve different Owls took attempts and a total of 22 players saw action in the game... "It's pretty common to be a little tired in Sunday games," Adams explained. "Every single player on our roster played today and it's huge every time players can get as much experience as they can. I don't mind going to the bench. This is the deepest team we've had in Rice soccer history."... As offensive-minded as the Owls were in the attacking third of the field, the backline was just as unyielding on the defensive side. Neither of the Rice goalkeepers who played, Amy Czyz and Andie Obermeyer (in each half respectively), did not get credit for any saves. The Owls backline, which featured different rotations throughout the 90 minutes, allowed only two Bearkat attempts and logged the team's second shutout of the season. Senior defender Amy Beger had high marks for the backline... "We had that tough, double-overtime game against Oklahoma on Friday and it's never fun to play on dead legs, but it's probably the most important time to try and play your best," Beger said. "I thought (the backline) had pretty decent day. Lauren (LaGro) and Hayley (Williams) were really strong and (freshman) Jasmine (Isokpunwu) has been amazing the way she has been able to step-in and play. We have freshmen scoring goals, and that is great, and `Jazz' has been right there playing just as well - only she's been on defense so people may not have noticed her as much."

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 TICKET SAVINGS: Tickets for both Rice soccer and volleyball are 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.

ON TULSA : Tulsa has jumped out to a 5-2-1 record on the strength of a steady 3.5-to-1 goals-for/goals-against ratio. One of the Golden Hurricane losses was to national power Notre Dame, and it was by a narrow score of just 2-0. Ten different players have already scored for the Golden Hurricane this season.

THE RICE-TULSA SERIES: Rice leads the all-time series with Tulsa 7-4-0. The Owls have won each of the last two meetings between the teams and have not lost to Tulsa in the city of Houston since 2002.

ON SMU: On Sept. 16 the SMU Mustangs stormed to a convincing 3-0 victory over Big 12 power Oklahoma, the same Sooner team that took the Owls to double-overtime two days before that (Sept. 14). SMU also battled a talented Baylor team into overtime on Sept. 14. Shelby Redman leads SMU with 25 shots and she ranks among the C-USA leaders with four goals.

THE RICE-SMU SERIES: Rice has faced SMU a total of 15 times since 2001, tied for the most number of times the Owls have played any opponent. Sunday's meeting is the 16th in the series and that will lift the Mustangs over UTEP on Rice's most-played opponents list. The Blue & Gray is just 5-9-1 against SMU, but 3-0-1 in the last four meetings - including a 1-0 victory over the Ponies in Memphis on Nov. 2 at the C-USA Tournament. The Owls have not lost to SMU in Houston since 2006.

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.

C-USA PLAY: Conference USA's high-flying brand of soccer is in full swing with league games. Did you know every team enters this week with a non-losing streak of some kind? The conference slate of games for this weekend is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 21
Colorado College at Marshall - 6 pm
UTEP at East Carolina - 6 pm
SMU at Houston - 7 pm
(6) UCF at (RV) Memphis - 7 pm
Southern Miss at UAB - 7 pm
Tulsa at Rice - 7 pm

Sunday, Sept. 23
Colorado College at East Carolina - 11 am
UTEP at Marshall - Noon
Tulsa at Houston - 1 pm
Southern Miss at (RV) Memphis - 1 pm
(6) UCF at UAB - 1 pm
SMU at Rice - 1 pm

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