Sept. 30, 2011
In its ranking of the best 20 soccer players in Conference USA announced on Friday (Sept. 30), the Internet publication TopDrawerSoccer.com named three Rice Owls on its list of C-USA Players To Watch.
The publication recognized twenty of the league's best players with three Owls in the Top 14. The Rice trio of sophomore midfielder Jessica Howard (# 3), junior defender Amy Beger (# 12) and senior defender Hayley Williams (# 14) earned distinction for their sound and solid play this season. The group has helped lead Rice to a 6-3-1 record and to an NCAA RPI of No. 28 in the country. Not only is Howard is among the league-leaders in goals (7) and shots (33), the Dallas native is tied for seventh in the country in game-winning goals (4). Beger and Williams are part of an Owl backline that has helped hold opponents to just 9.5 shots per game this season, the lowest shots-allowed total by a Rice defense in six years.
The Owls have two crucial C-USA road games to play this weekend. Rice is at longtime state rival SMU on Friday at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then plays at Tulsa on Sunday at 1:05 pm. View TopDrawerSoccer.com's full listing of C-USA Players to Watch at the above link.