Oct. 24, 2012
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Just For Kicks, 2012 Edition
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Owls Get The Point!
Rice junior midfielder Julia Barrow scored the game-tying goal late in the first half and the Owls and Houston soccer teams went on to finish in a 1-1 tie Friday night at Robertson Stadium. The tie earned both teams a single point in the final C-USA standings, which is all the Owls needed.
THIS WEEK: The Rice soccer team, 10-6-3 overall and tied for first place in the Conference USA standings with a 7-2-1 league record, is on the road for its final regular season game of the 2012 schedule. The Owls play across town at conference foe Houston (7-7-3, 3-3-3) on Friday (Oct. 26) at 7 pm.
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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. Defenders Amy Beger and Hayley Williams are stalwarts on the Owls' backline, with Williams starting all 60 games in her Rice career heading into this weekend. Sophomore Quinney Truong has garnered national attention recently for her play in the midfield. Owl freshmen have also made a dramatic impact. Rookies Holly Hargreaves and Lauren Hughes are 1-2 on the team scoring while combining for 18 of the team's 23 goals. Hargreaves is tied for fifth in the nation in game-winning goals (with six). Freshman Jasmine Isokpunwu has been playing well as a rookie defensive starter.
FIRST ONE IN: was officially the first team in the league to qualify for the C-USA Championship to be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in El Paso, Tex. The league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is on the line at the annual postseason tournament, which features the top eight teams in a single-elimination format.
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 as an assistant 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 25-17-11 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 holding sixth place in the latest (Oct. 23) Central Region poll from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The regional ranking is the Owls' fourth week in a row to be ranked. Rice was also regionally-ranked under Nicky Adams in 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. 23, 2012).
HAIL SENIORS!: The Oct. 21 game last Sunday was designated as the Owls' annual Senior Day. Prior to the start of the 1 pm contest, Rice seniors Julia Barrow, Amy Beger, Alex Burton, Lauren LaGro and Andie Obermeyer were introduced with their families in special pregame ceremony.
RICE UNIVERSITY CENTENNIAL:Rice University celebrated its centennial, 1912-to-2012,
this season. The Owl athletic teams, including soccer, have been wearing a patch with the Centennial's commemorative logo for each of their respective seasons. Alas, because of impartial scheduling the Owl soccer team was in Memphis and not present when the various Centennial celebrations were happening on-campus (Oct. 11-14). "That's OK," one of the Owl players quipped after a recent practice, "we'll just go when they have it the next time."
PREVIOUS OUTING - Owls Fall To Colorado College Sunday, 1-0: HOUSTON - Colorado College scored the lone goal of the game in the second half to claim a 1-0 Conference USA win over the Rice soccer team Sunday afternoon at the Owls' Soccer Stadium in Houston... Down but not out, Rice (7-2-1 in C-USA with a total of 22 points) still shares first place in the league standings with the same Tigers team the Owls faced Sunday. There is one more league game for both teams to be contested on Oct. 26 with Rice playing across town at the University of Houston and Colorado College playing on the road at UTEP... "Colorado College came in and did what they wanted to, and dictated a lot of the game in areas that we had been really good at," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "I thought we were hot and cold possession-wise and were on our heels a little bit, which is surprising with what was on line today (the inside track to the C-USA regular season championship and top seed at the upcoming conference tournament)... Tigers' senior forward senior forward Brittney Lyman broke the 0-0 deadlock in the game's 66th minute. Lyman worked to get a clear shot past the Rice defense in front of the goal at the 18-yard line. The ball streaked hard and low to find the back of the Owl net inside the left post. The score was Lyman's fifth goal of season... Rice held a 23-7 advantage in shot attempts and a 10-1 lead in corner kicks. The Rice trio of Julia Barrow, Holly Hargreaves and Hayley Williams all shared the game lead with four shots each. Colorado College goalkeeper helped preserve the shutout with four saves. The Tigers improved to 12-3-4 on the year. Rice is now 10-6-3 on the season overall... "I thought we had some good individual efforts, but I do not think we played well as a team," coach Adams said. "We didn't play well together, and that was something we hadn't seen all season."... The Owls' Sunday's game against Colorado College was Rice's final home game of the year and marked the last regular season home appearance for the team's five seniors. The Blue & Gray have one final road game on Oct. 26 across town at the University of Houston before playing in the C-USA Tournament beginning on Oct. 31. Rice has clinched one of the top three seeds for the C-USA Tournament... "We now have to get back on track to play a rivalry-game this Friday," coach Adams said. "We have to be on the same page and play Rice soccer. There is a lot to play for, and it starts this Friday night."
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.
SIZZLING CZYZ: Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz has been sound-and-solid in all 19 starts this season. So far Czyz has maintained an .820 save percentage and a 0.95 goals-against average. The California native is ranked 14th in the nation among the current NCAA leaders in goalkeeper minutes (1,699). The NCAA ranks 150 goalkeepers in four statistical categories, including minutes, goals-against average, saves, and saves-percentage. Czyz is the highest ranked C-USA keeper each of the four NCAA categories.
ON HOUSTON: The Houston soccer team enters its final home game of the season having won three of its last four matches. The Cougars still have one more game to play after hosting Rice. Houston will make up an earlier postponement against Southern Miss with a match in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Sunday (Oct. 28).
THE RICE-UH SERIES: Rice and Houston have met every year since the Owls started its soccer program in 2001. The Blue & Gray lead the all-time series 5-3-3, including a 1-1 tie at Robertson Stadium last season. Both teams are so keen to win this rivalry game that each meeting has been a closely contested battle. The winning margin in seven of the 11 Rice-UH soccer games has been determined by a single goal difference. The only times there hasn't been a one-goal difference in the score was the 2007 game held at Rice (2-0), the three series ties in 2005 and each of the last two years (2010 and 2011)... If you think these two crosstown teams don't get physical in the rivalry game, then consider there were more fouls called in last year's Rice-UH soccer game (15) than there were in the most-recent Bayou Bucket football game (14) played last month in Reliant Stadium.
NOT AS COMMON AS YOU THINK: The Owls have played Houston every year since starting the soccer program in 2001 for a total of 11 meetings, but the Cougars are not the team Rice has faced the most times. Rice's three most-played opponents are UTEP (16 times), SMU (16 times) and Tulsa (12 times).
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: Down the stretch they come! The regular season schedule of Conference USA's high-flying brand of soccer concludes this week.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Marshall at East Carolina, 6 pm
Memphis at UAB, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 26
(21) UCF at Southern Miss, 4 pm
Rice at Houston, 7 pm
SMU at Tulsa, 7 pm
Colorado College at UTEP, 8 pm
Sunday, Oct. 27
Houston at Southern Miss, 1 pm