Oct. 3, 2011
IRVING, Tex. - Rice freshman goalkeeper Amy Czyz has been named the Conference USA defensive player of the week for soccer the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Tex., on Monday (Oct. 3). Colorado College sophomore forward Lauren DiGregorio received has been named the C-USA offensive player of the week.
In a pair of C-USA league games last week Czyz helped the Owls improve to 3-1 in conference by posting back-to-back shutout victories at SMU and Tulsa, respectively. Czyz played all 180 minutes in goal, where she posted a combined total of six saves. The standout from Danville, Calif., improved her season/career record to 8-3-1 and her steady play is one of the reasons behind the Owls' soccer success this year. Czyz is one of only two freshman keepers in the nation ranked among the NCAA Division I Top 25 in goals-against average (0.49). Rice soccer has already matched last season's win total and the team has earned a regional ranking by the coaches association.
Czyz is the second Owl this season to earn a C-USA weekly honor. Last month sophomore midfielder Jessica Howard was named the offensive player of the week (Sept. 5). She is Rice's first defender of the week since Catherine Fitzsimmons on Oct. 11, 2010.
Lauren DiGregorio scored the game-tying goal during the 75th minute that gave Colorado College a 1-1 tie at No. 25 UCF on Sunday. She also set up CC's second goal during the 3-0 victory at Southern Miss on Sunday and has figured in at least one goal during five of CC's last six games.
The Owls (8-3-1, 3-1-0) have finished one weekend road-swing, but the team still has two more tough C-USA road games to play this week (Oct. 7-9) before finally returning for home matches on Oct. 14-16. Rice next plays a C-USA match at Colorado College on Oct. 7, followed by a league game at UTEP on Oct. 9.