Owls Host Marshall & East Carolina This Weekend

Oct. 3, 2012

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THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team, 6-5-2 overall and tied for second place in the Conference USA standings with a 3-1-0 league record, is back home this weekend. The Owls play host conference foes Marshall (6-6-0, 2-2-0) and East Carolina (7-5-0, 3-1-0) on Friday and Sunday (Oct. 5-7), respectively. Start times are slated for 7 pm Friday vs. the Thundering Herd and 1 pm against the Pirates.

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 54 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. Hargreaves is tied for third in the nation in game-winning goals (with five). Freshman Jasmine Isokpunwu has been playing well as a defensive starter and fellow rookie Danielle Spriggs has worked her way into eleven starts in the midfield.

SIZZLING CZYZ: Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz has been sound-and-solid in 13 starts this season. So far Czyz has maintained an .813 save percentage and an 1.09 goals-against average. The California native is ranked 34th in the nation among the current NCAA leaders in goalkeeper minutes (1,151). The NCAA ranks four statistical categories for goalkeepers, including minutes, goals-against average, saves, and saves-percentage. Czyz is the only C-USA keeper to rank in all four categories.

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 21-16-10 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.

REGIONAL RANKING: Rice soccer is ranked tenth in the latest (Oct. 2) Central Region poll from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The regional ranking is the Owls' first since October of 2011. Check out the organization's latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Central Regional Rankings at these links.
NSCAA Home Page
Central Regional Rankings (Oct. 2, 2012).

PREVIOUS OUTING - Owls Fall To No. 10 Ranked UCF Sunday, 1-0: ORLANDO, Fla. - The Rice soccer team saw its five-match unbeaten streak come to an end with a 1-0 loss on the road to No. 10 ranked UCF Sunday (Sept. 30) in Orlando, Fla... Rice was 4-0-1 in its last five matches, including three-straight C-USA wins, to hold a share of first place in the league standings. The nationally-ranked Knights successfully defended their home field Sunday and now UCF, Rice and East Carolina are all tied for second in the C-USA standings with identical 3-1-0 conference records... UCF controlled the offensive tempo but the match was deadlocked 0-0 on the scoreboard for the first two-thirds of contest. In the game's 68th minute UCF tallied the lone goal of the day shortly after a free kick following a Rice foul... The Owls were able to clear the initial free kick, but Knight freshman midfielder Sophie Howard gained control of the ball in front of the Rice goal. Howard scored an unassisted goal, and the first of her collegiate career, on her second shot attempt of the day. With a 20-2 advantage in shots and 4-2 lead in corner kicks, the narrow 1-0 lead on the scoreboard proved to be all the scoring the Knights would need... "UCF is ranked No 10 for a reason," said Rice head Coach Nicky Adams. "They are a very mature, disciplined, hard-working team and they did a really good job of attacking. We put ourselves in a situation where we had to defend the entire game and we could not get a rhythm going-forward. Our backline did as much as they could trying to keep their forwards in front of them."... Owl sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz finished the day with seven saves. The save total was Czyz' highest in three weeks dating back to a match on the road at nationally-ranked Oklahoma State... Rice is now 6-5-2 on the year while UCF improved to 9-2-1 overall. The Owls finished the two-game road swing and return home to host a pair of C-USA matches next weekend. Coach Adams knows there is a lot of college soccer still left to play... "It was a tough way to end a weekend, but it will be good to play back at home," coach Adams said. "The only thing is we have another tough two opponents coming up in Marshall and ECU. Last year we went 0-2 in games at their place. We'll have a lot of work ahead of us this week, and we'll go back to the basics to play at a level we know we're capable of playing."

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
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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 MARSHALL: The Thundering Herd was on the road last weekend and is in the midst of playing four-straight C-USA games away from home. Marshall is in fact tied for the conference lead in road wins. The Herd average a steady 12.8 shots per game and are led by the tandem of Chelsey Maiden and Erin Simmons who have scored six goals this season.

THE RICE-MARSHALL SERIES: Rice leads the all-time series with Marshall 3-2-1, but the Owls have not beaten the Herd since 2008. Marshall claimed wins in West Virginia in both 2009 and 2011. The teams tied, 0-0, in Houston in 2010. The Owls are 2-0-1 in all games played at Rice.

ON EAST CAROLINA: East Carolina is a strong 7-5-0 overall and tied with Rice in the C-USA standings with a 3-1-0 league ledger. Like Marshall, the Pirates are in the midst of having to play four-straight C-USA games on the road. ECU has already claimed high-RPI wins over Colorado College and UNC-Wilmington. Three of the team's five losses are to stalwarts Memphis, Notre Dame and South Carolina. East Carolina plays across town at the University of Houston on Friday before facing Rice on Sunday.

THE RICE-ECU SERIES: East Carolina leads the all-time series with Rice 5-2-0. The Blue & Gray beat ECU twice in the Owls' C-USA championship season of 2005, and haven't beaten them since. The Pirates have won five-straight over Rice, including twice in Houston.

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. The conference slate of games for this weekend is as follows:
Friday, Oct. 5
SMU at Southern Miss, 4 pm
Memphis at Colorado College, 5 pm
Tulsa at (8) UCF, 6 pm
East Carolina at Houston 7 pm
Marshall at Rice 7 pm
UAB at UTEP, 7 pm

Sunday, Oct. 7
UAB at Colorado College, Noon
SMU at (8) UCF, Noon
East Carolina at Rice, 1 pm
Marshall at Houston, 1 pm
Memphis at UTEP, 1 pm
Tulsa at Southern Miss, 1 pm



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