Oct. 15, 2012
IRVING, Tex. - Rice true freshman Lauren Hughes has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for soccer, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Tex., on Monday (Oct. 15). East Carolina junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero earned the league's weekly defensive award.
Hughes scored a pair of goals and played 155 minutes in Rice's undefeated 2-0-0 weekend. The Owl rookie took a combined nine shots in the two matches to lead the team, including seven on goal for a .778 shots-on-goal percentage. She scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's nationally-televised game against Memphis, and followed that up with a goal in the fourth minute of the game Sunday on the road at UAB.
The Ontario, Canada, native has eight goals in her freshman season and shares the team lead in C-USA goals with teammate Holly Hargreaves (both have five goals in seven league games). This is Hughes' first C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honor for her career. She joins teammtes Hayley Williams, Amy Czyz and Hargreaves as Owls who have won one of C-USA's weekly honors this season.
Christiana Cordero picked up two more shutouts on the weekend for ECU, pushing her season total to nine (career-best) and posting five clean sheets in a row (second-longest streak in ECU history). She tallied 12 saves on the weekend, playing 220 minutes.
The Rice soccer team (9-5-3) is in sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings with 19 points garnered from its 6-1-1 league record (three points are earned per C-USA win and one point per tie). The Owls have a three-point lead on second place Colorado College (16 points).
Rice is back home for the next two C-USA matches. The Owls host longtime conference rival UTEP on Friday (Oct. 19) at 7 pm. The Blue & Gray then hosts its final home game of the regular season on Oct. 21 with a league game against Colorado College. Five Owl seniors will be recognized before the 1 pm start.