Hughes Leads Six Owls In C-USA Postseason Honors

Lauren Hughes
Will Rice College
Nov. 3, 2015

MIAMI, Fla. -- On the eve of defending its Conference USA Soccer Championship from a year ago, Rice senior Lauren Hughes has been tabbed as the 2015 C-USA co-Offensive Player of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

Hughes also earned First Team all-conference to lead a lengthy Rice honors list. The C-USA coaches collectively voted a total of six Owl players to all-conference status on either the First, Second, Third or All-Freshman Teams. Sophomore defender Samantha Chaiken and Jasmine Ispokpunwu were named to the C-USA Second Team. Senior Holly Hargreaves and junior defender Jenny Fichera were tabbed Third Team all-conference. Rice rookie Dominique Mazero was named to the league's 11-player All-Freshman squad. Rice joined regular season champion North Texas and second place Marshall as one of three schools to have as many as six different all-league honorees.

All the honors were announced just one day before the week-long conference tournament is set to begin on Wednesday (Nov. 4). Joining Hughes with among the very highest of the annual C-USA honors was North Texas’ Rachel Holden as the league's co-Offensive Player of the Year. The Mean Green’s Karla Pineda was named the C-USA Midfielder of the Year and Kelsey Brouwer (Middle Tennessee) was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year. Iris Achterof (Old Dominion) was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year. Patrick Baker (Florida Atlantic) and Kevin Long (Marshall) were selected as the C-USA Co-Coaches of the Year.



Hughes leads the conference and is tied for ninth among the NCAA leaders in assists (10). She has scored ten goals and is tied for 20th in the nation in game-winning goals (5). The standout from Ottawa, Canada, is a dangerous offensive catalyst, who has maintained a steady .403 shots-on-goal percentage while playing 90.5 percent of the team’s total minutes. Hughes is just one of three Rice soccer players in program history to earn First Team all-conference three times. She has established a host of school records, including career goals (39), assists (28), points (106) and shots (262) to name just a few.

The six Rice all-conference honorees are all trained under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams. Now in her fifth full season at the helm of the program, Adams guided Rice soccer to an 10-6-2 overall record and to the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament after posting a 5-2-2 C-USA ledger. A native of El Paso and former collegiate All-American at Texas A&M who went on to play professionally, Adams owns a career coaching record of 57-36-19.

The Rice soccer team is next in action against Middle Tennessee on Wednesday in the opening game of the C-USA Championship. Start time against the Blue Raiders is set for 12:30 pm (Central Time) at the FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami, Fla.

The league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is on the line at the week-long, eight-team, single-elimination event. The tournament's championship final is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 10 am (Central Time), and slated for a live television broadcast by FOX Sports Net. A full listing of the 2015 C-USA Soccer All-Conference honorees is as follows:

Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Rachel Holden, F, North Texas
Lauren Hughes, F, Rice

Midfielder of the Year
Karla Pineda, MF, North Texas

Defensive Player of the Year
Kelsey Brouwer, GK, Middle Tennessee

Freshman of the Year
Iris Achterhof, F, Old Dominion

Co-Coaches of the Year
Patrick Baker, Florida Atlantic
Kevin Long, Marshall

All-Conference USA First Team
F: Martha Thomas, Charlotte
F: Rachel Holden, North Texas
F: Lauren Hughes, Rice
MF: Kelly Culicerto, Marshall
MF: Karla Pineda, North Texas
MF: Aleah Davis, UTEP
D: Marie Egan, FIU
D: Erica Burt, Florida Atlantic
D: Jenna Dubs, Marshall
D: Chandler Clark, WKU
GK: Kelsey Brouwer, Middle Tennessee
GK: Jackie Kerestine, North Texas

All-Conference USA Second Team
F: Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic
F: Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech
F: Sydney Arnold, Marshall
F: Iris Achterhof, Old Dominion
MF: Cameron Cox, Middle Tennessee
MF: Samantha Chaiken, Rice
MF: Hannah Chua, WKU
D: Donya Solomon-Ali, Louisiana Tech
D: Emily Jorgenson, Middle Tennessee
D: Jasmine Isokpunwu, Rice
GK: Lizzie Kish, Marshall

All-Conference USA Third Team
F: Geovana Alves, Florida Atlantic
F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice
F: Angela Cutaia, UTEP
F: Iris Dunn, WKU
MF: Katie O’Neill, Charlotte
MF: Asta Arnadottir, Florida Atlantic
MF: Morgan Key-Adams, UAB
D: Tess Graham, North Texas
D: Molly Grisham, North Texas
D: Kathryn Hill, Old Dominion
D: Jenny Fichera, Rice
GK: Sydney Drinkwater, Florida Atlantic

Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Megan McCallister, F, Charlotte
Lyrik Fryer, D, FIU
Mylene Roy-Ouellet, F, Louisiana Tech
Jayne Lawman, F, Marshall
Ashley Seltzer, MF, Marshall
Taylor Torres, F, North Texas
Iris Achterhof, F, Old Dominion
Dominique Mazero, MF, Rice
Kiersten Bradley, F, Southern Miss
Alyssa Palacios, GK, UTEP
Nicole Roseland, MF, WKU



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