After a crucial set of Conference USA road wins last week, the Rice Soccer team is back at Holloway Field this weekend. The Owls (8-5-1 overall, 4-2-0 in Conference USA) host league foes UAB and Middle Tennessee on Oct. 16 and Oct. 18, respectively. Game times are set for 7 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Sunday.
This Week's Soccer Promotions & Links
Friday, Oct. 16: UAB at Rice, 7 pm
Breast Cancer Awareness Night - Wear pink to Holloway Field and join us in the fight against breast cancer! Visit the silent auction tables located by Fan Services, featuring select Rice Athletics gear and autographed items. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Houston area breast cancer organizations.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night - Not only do Rice University faculty and staff get free admission to the game, they are invited to cheer-on the Owls while enjoying a pregame tailgate sponsored by our friends at HOOTS! Special tickets are available at the Tudor Fieldhouse Ticket Office and Housing & Dining Offices until Thursday (Oct. 15).
(For more information about HOOTS, please visit here.)
Sunday, Oct. 18: Middle Tennessee at Rice, 1 pm
Community Sustainability Night - Join Rice Soccer and MTSU along with 500 women's and men's college soccer teams as we play our annual Sustainability Game for "Water, Food, Health, Housing & Education." Throughout the match fans are encouraged to take and post selfies using the hashtag: #WaterFoodHealthHousingEducation
At the above video link, Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams reviews last week's wins, previews the upcoming matches, and updates the Owls' progress heading into the home action.
QUICK ON THE OWLS (8-5-1, 4-2-0): The 2015 Rice soccer team returns seven of 11 starters from last season's squad that posted a school record-tying 14 wins, won the C-USA Tournament Championship and advanced to national postseason play in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue & Gray return a total of 20 letterwinners from a year ago and welcome in a talented new recruiting class.
COACH'S CORNER: Rice soccer is under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams, the 2015 Conference USA Coach of the Year who is now in her fifth full season at the helm of the program. Adams enters the weekend with a career record of 52-34-8. A former pro player and All-America honoree while playing at Texas A&M, Adams was just recently inducted into her alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame. Her coaching staff includes veteran assistant Allison Martino (now in her fourth year at Rice), and the rookie duo of Courtney Sirmans and Cami Koski, who are both in their first year with the program.
PREVIOUS OUTING: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The senior duo of Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes both scored goals to rally the Rice soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind Conference USA road victory at the University of Charlotte Sunday afternoon in North Carolina... Rice controlled the tempo early in the contest, but Charlotte struck first on the scoreboard working against the game flow. In the 14th minute, Katie O'Neill made a run up the left side before centering to Megan McCallister inside the 18. McCallister quickly converted on a shot that found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 49er lead... The Owls regrouped quickly to find the equalizer in the 17th minute. Sophomore Nia Stallings collected a bounding ball in the keeper's box and played back to Hargreaves, still in close range. Hargreaves blasted away on a shot in front of the goal that beat the keeper on the right side... Hargreaves' second score of the season made it 1-1, but the Blue & Gray was looking for more. In the 29th minute the New Hope, Pa., native had the ball with space outside the 18, but was brought down on a challenge from behind. Hughes took the ensuing free kick from 25-yards and launched a hard left-to-right shot that found the side netting for a 2-1 Rice lead... Rice well knows that since their freshman year of 2012, Hargreaves and Hughes scoring in the same game has proved to be a good omen for the final outcome. Charlotte would not go away so easily at home, however, and had a tremendous chance to tie on a counter attack early in the second half. In the 49th minute, Rice keeper Zoe Pochobradsky made a diving save of Martha Thomas' shot but the ball was still free in the area. Thomas recovered first and made a second shot attempt on goal... With her keeper still down, Owl Jessica Johnston alertly stepped to the goal line and headed the shot attempt out of danger. The day also happened to be Johnston's 20th birthday, but it was Rice who gladly accepted the heads-up gift from the sophomore defender... The Owls had a chance to extend the margin to 3-1, but Samantha Chaiken's shot hit the crossbar. The Blue & Gray went on to hold a 20-16 lead in shots and a 11-6 advantage in corner kicks on the way to a 2-1 final... Rice improved to 8-5-1 on the season and 4-2-0 in C-USA league play. Charlotte dropped to 5-9-0 overall and 1-4-0 in conference. The Owls certainly like the H&H scoring punch. When Hargreaves and Hughes both score in the same game, the Owls are now 14-0-1.
ON UAB: UAB enters Friday's match at 2-10-1 overall and 1-4-1 in C-USA. A closer look at the Blazers is in order, as the team's non-conference schedule included national-powers Auburn, Louisville and Memphis, while two other losses were in overtime. The result to note is that UAB defeated Marshall a few weeks ago to snap the Thundering Herd's 10-game undefeated streak.
THE RICE-UAB SERIES: Rice owns a winning 6-4-0 record against UAB, including a 3-1 ledger when playing in the city of Houston (and a 4-1 mark when meeting in the state of Texas). Rice has won the previous three meetings, with the most-recent clash a 2-0 Owl victory in Birmingham, Ala., one year ago. This is the Blazers' first trip to Rice since 2011, when current fifth=year student manager Lauren Busansky was a wide-eyed freshman.
ON MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Middle Tennessee (8-4-1, 4-1-0) is having a sensational season with a chance to be in first place in the C-USA standings by Sunday's 1 pm game on South Main. The Blue Raiders enter the week with 12 points in the standings, and are well on their way to eclipsing the 16 points the squad registered while tying for fourth in the league one year ago. Middle Tennessee's swarming and steady defense has shutout seven different opponents this year.
THE RICE-MIDDLE TENNESSEE SERIES: This marks the first-ever meeting between Rice and Middle Tennessee.
The Last Meeting
October 30, 2014