Oct. 30, 2012
EL PASO, Tex. - Four Rice soccer players have earned All-Conference USA honors, including forward Holly Hargreaves as the C-USA Freshman of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday (Oct. 30).
The 2012 C-USA honorees were selected on a vote of the 12 head coaches and announced on the eve of the annual conference tournament that begins this week in El Paso, Tex. Hargreaves and sophomore midfielder Quinney Truong were named first team all-conference. Senior Lauren LaGro and freshman Lauren Hughes were selected to the C-USA second team. The Hughes and Hargreaves duo were also both named to the league's annual All-Freshman squad.
Rice and nationally-ranked UCF had the most honorees (4) named to the first and second teams. The group helped lead the Owls to an 11-6-3 overall record and to the first regular season co-championship in the 12-year history of the Rice soccer program.
"It's exciting to see so many of our players get recognized for the efforts they put forth this season," said Rice head coach Nicky Adams. "It's nice to see our young kids getting the recognition they deserve, as well as one of our senior captains Lauren LaGro, who has put four tremendous years into this program and made such an impact in so many C-USA games."
Rice soccer has had a host of players earn all-conference accolades, including the last eight seasons in C-USA and the first four years as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Hargreaves is the first Owl to earn distinction as the league's Freshman of the Year.
A native of New Hope, Pa., Hargreaves 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 led the Owl forwards in minutes played (1,477) and she scored a Rice record game-winning goal in four-straight games from Sept. 14-28. On Oct. 29 the web site CollegeSportsMadness tabbed Hargreaves as its choice for C-USA freshman of the year.
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 Big 12 power 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 State and Tulsa while maintaining a .414 shots-on-goal percentage. Last season Truong earned third team all-conference and she was a member of the C-USA all-freshman squad.
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 game, one of the best defensive totals in the league. Last Friday (Oct. 26) LaGro scored the game-winning goal against Houston that helped the Blue & Gray claim a share of the C-USA regular season co-championship.
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.
Rice soccer has had at least two rookies named to the league's all-freshman team in each of the last three seasons. The impact Rice's young players had in the conference was not lost on the C-USA coaches when they cast their votes for the 2012 awards, including coach Adams.
"Of our four honorees two were freshmen and one was a sophomore, that's a pretty young group," coach Adams explained. "It's great that the youth of our program has stepped-up to take a role in the expectations of this program. That's the direction we've taken with recruiting and will continue to do so. I'm excited about the future of Rice soccer."
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.
2012 C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Christabel Oduro, Memphis
Defensive Player of the Year
Marissa Diggs, UCF
Midfielder of the Year
Jessica Ayers, Colorado College
Freshman of the Year
Holly Hargreaves, Rice
Coach of the Year
Geoff Bennett, Colorado College
All-Conference First Team
F: Britney Lyman, Colorado College
F: Christabel Oduro, Memphis
F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice
F: Nicolette Radovcic, UCF
MF: Jessica Ayers, Colorado College
MF: Quinney Truong, MF, Rice
MF: Mallory Baum, SMU
D: Hali Oughton, East Carolina
D: Claire Hulcer, Tulsa
D: Marissa Diggs, UCF
GK: Christiane Cordero, East Carolina
All-Conference Second Team
F: Lauren Hughes, Rice
F: Shelby Redman, SMU
F: Tishia Jewell, UCF
MF: Madison Whitehead, Colorado College
MF: Kylie Davis, Memphis
MF: Rikki Clarke, SMU
MF: Raven Tatum, Tulsa
MF: Madison Barney, UCF
D: Diamond Simpson, Memphis
D: Lauren LaGro, Rice
D: Azia Nicholson, UTEP
GK: Cami Koski, Houston
All-Conference Third Team
F: Katelyn Rhodes, Houston
F: Erin Simmons, Marshall
F: Johanna Liney, UAB
F: Tess Hall, UTEP
MF: Kylie Cook, Houston
MF: Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa
MF: Tori Martyn, UTEP
D: Kecia Morway, Colorado College
D: Kaci Bush, Houston
D: Courtney Smith, SMU
GK: Lianne Maldonado, UCF
Lexi Long, MF, Colorado College
Haley Patsey, D, East Carolina
Kendall Frey, F, East Carolina
Erin Simmons, F/MF, Marshall
Diamond Simpson, D, Memphis
Emily Adamic, MF, Memphis
Holly Hargreaves, F, Rice
Lauren Hughes, F, Rice
Roman Edwards, D, Tulsa
Paige Hanks, MF, UAB
Sophie Howard, MF, UCF
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