Oct. 29, 2012
A host of Rice soccer players have been honored by the Internet web site CollegeSportsMadness, including forward Holly Hargreaves as the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, the publication announced on Monday (Oct. 29).
Senior defender Lauren LaGro, junior Quinney Truong sophomore Amy Czyz and freshman Lauren Hughes have all joined Hargreaves on CollegeSportsMadness' 2012 All-Conference USA soccer team. Hargreaves and LaGro were named first team honorees. The group helped lead the Owls to an 11-6-3 overall record and to the C-USA regular season co-championship.
Hargreaves has totaled nine goals as a starter for all 20 games. She is tied for fifth in the nation with six game-winning goals and ranks among the NCAA and C-USA statistical leaders in goals (9), points (21) and shots (73). The rookie from New Hope, Pa., leads the Owl forwards in minutes played (1,477) and scored game-winning goals in four-straight games from Sept. 14-28. CollegeSportsMadness tabbed Hargreaves as the league's freshman of the year
LaGro is one of the team's defensive anchors who has been a fixture in the starting lineup the last four years. The senior from Dallas helped the Owls record eight complete game shutouts. She was part of a Rice backline this season that limited C-USA opponents to just 10.0 shots per, one of the best defensive totals in the league. Last Friday LaGro scored the game-winning goal against Houston that helped the Blue & Gray claim a share of the C-USA regular season co-championship.
Czyz is a sophomore goalkeeper who has started each of the last 41 games dating back to last season. A native of Danville, Calif., Czyz ranked 14th among the NCAA leaders in keeper minutes (1,789), playing all but 71 minutes of the team's total time. She leads all other C-USA keepers in ranking among the NCAA leaders in all four statistical categories for GKs, including minutes, goals-against average, saves, and saves-percentage.
Freshman forward Lauren Hughes is ranked among the NCAA and C-USA leaders in goals, points, shots and game-winning goals. The standout from Ottawa, Ontario, scored the game-winning goals against Memphis (on national television), UTEP, Marshall and Texas State. She owns a .585 shots-on-goal percentage, the second best mark in school history and the best by any Owl in the last 10 years. Hughes has taken four or more shots in a game eight different times.
Quinney Truong is fourth on the team in minutes as a starter in the midfield, playing 91 percent of the team's total time. The Fort Worth, Tex., native scored the game-tying goal against Oklahoma and also had a goal on the road at UAB. She assisted on game-winning goals in back-to-back games vs. Sam Houston St. and Tulsa while maintaining a .414 shots-on-goal percentage.
The Rice soccer team next competes in the C-USA Championship Tournament from Wednesday (Oct. 31) to Sunday (Nov. 4). The Owls meet longtime rival SMU the tournament's opening round in El Paso, Tex.
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