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The Rice Soccer team is home for its final match of the 2015 regular season on Thursday (Oct.29). The Owls (9-6-2 overall, 5-3-1 in C-USA) host state foe UTSA at 7 pm. The match is final home game for the Rice seniors.
Thursday, Oct. 29: UTSA at Rice, 7 pm
Senior Night - Join the Athletics Department as we recognize our awesome Rice soccer seniors in a pregame ceremony.
Neighbor Hood Night - All treat and no tricks. We welcome our neighbors who live close to the University for the Owls’ final home game.
In the below video, Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams previews the upcoming match, and updates the Owls' progress heading into the home stretch.
Soccer Team Remains Unbeaten In C-USA With 3-0 Victory Friday Night
Holly Hargreaves picked-up right where she left off last Sunday, helping lead the Owls soccer team to a 3-0 C-USA road victory over UTSA Friday evening in San Antonio.
QUICK ON THE OWLS (9-6-2, 5-3-1): The 2015 Rice soccer team return 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 welcomed 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 56-36-9. 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: DENTON, Texas -- Sophomore Nia Stallings scored her third goal of the season, but North Texas claimed a 2-1 win over the visiting Rice soccer team Sunday night on the road in Denton… North Texas held-off Rice's second half rally to win its eight-straight match and the top seed in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament as the league's regular season champion. The Owls are now 9-6-2 overall and 5-3-1 in conference. The Blue & Gray holds at 16 points in the C-USA standings as teams continue to fight for spots and seeding in the tournament… Rice had lost only one other match this month, but found itself fighting from two goals down midway through the first half. In only the game's third minute, North Texas' Rachel Holden scored her eleventh goal of the season on an assist from Jackie Moreau' s throw-in… The Mean Green added another in goal in the 19th minute. Karla Pineda fielded a pass from Moreau and converted on a long shot attempt from outside the box for her seventh goal of the season… The Owls regrouped to take seven shots in the second half, and got on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute. Sophomore Aliza Wolfe chipped a serve into the box, and Stallings found the back of the Mean Green net on her only shot of the night. The goal was Stallings' third of the season and seventh of her career. The score was also only the ninth time all season for North Texas to be scored upon… Rice continued to search for the equalizer while North Texas wanted more breathing room. The Mean Green finished with a 14-13 lead in shots while the corners were even at 2-2… The Owls are back home for their final regular season game on Oct. 29 (Thurs.). Rice hosts state foe UTSA in a critical C-USA match starting at 7 pm. The Owl seniors will be honored before the start of the contest.
ON UTSA: UTSA enters Thursday's match at 1-14-2 overall and 1-7-1 in C-USA. A closer look at the Road Runners is in order, as the team's non-conference schedule included national-powers North Carolina, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor, while six other decisions weren’t decided until overtime. The result to note is that UTSA is a team defeated red-hot Florida Atlantic on the road in Boca Raton.
THE RICE-UTSA SERIES: Rice owns a winning 4-1-0 record against UTSA, including a 2-0 ledger when the rivals clash in the city of Houston. Rice won the previous meeting last season in San Antonio 3-0, but two years ago the Roadrunners blanked the Owls by a 2-0 count. That 2013 match was also played in San Antonio. This is in fact the Roadrunners’ first trip to Rice since 2010, when current fifth-year student manager Lauren Busansky was a still a high school senior back in California.