IRVING, Texas – For the first time in her career Rice’s Annie Walker has been named the Conference USA Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Monday (Oct. 23).
Walker scored three goals and had two assists in Rice’s two road victories over the weekend. She needed only 48 minutes of playing time to score twice, as well as set up two additional goals, on Oct. 19 at Old Dominion. The Owls’ attacking-midfielder then scored the lone goal of the game in the 1-0 win at Charlotte on Sunday (Oct. 22), clinching the C-USA regular season title for Rice. For the two matches the native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, totaled eight points (3 goals & 2 assists) and she maintained an eye-opening .600 shots-percentage for her five attempts.
For the full season Walker leads the Owls and ranks among the C-USA leaders with eighth assists. She is third on the team in both shots (35) and points (16) as a starter for all 15 of Rice’s games. Walker has scored three times and maintained a steady .486 shots-on-goal percentage.
A host of Owls have earned the weekly conference awards as the team has built its 12-2-1 record and unblemished 9-0-0 C-USA ledger. Senior Samantha Chaiken has been named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 16, and Sept. 18 & 25). Senior Nia Stallings was the Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11 and sophomore Louise Stephens was the Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Sophomore Maya Hoyer was selected the Goalkeeper of the Week for both Oct. 1 & 9.
The Owls next return to action with the final C-USA match of the regular season on Friday (Oct. 27). Rice plays at North Texas in a 7 pm contest.