Nov. 4, 2013
HOUSTON -- Four Rice soccer players have earned All-Conference USA honors, including Holly Hargreaves, Lauren Hughes and Quinny Truong as first team selections, the league office announced on the opening day of its annual Championship tournament Monday (Nov. 4).
The 2013 C-USA honorees were selected on a vote of the 16 head coaches and announced a few hours before the conference tournament is set to begin Monday at Rice's Holloway Field in Houston. Hargreaves and Truong are repeat first team selections from a year ago while Hughes was a second team honoree as a freshman in 2012. Owl rookie Jenny Fichera was named to the league's annual All-Freshman squad. The group helped lead the Blue & Gray to an 5-4-1 C-USA record, tying for the third-highest league win total in the conference with fifth-highest point total for the 16 institutions.
Hughes is a sophomore forward who has proved to be a problem for opposing defense all year. The standout from Ottawa, Ontario ranks among the conference and national leaders in goals (9), assists (8) and points (26), and among the C-USA leaders in total shots (57). She scored two goals in game three times this season and has taken four or more shots in a game eight different times.
Hargreaves is also among the NCAA leaders in goals (8) and points (19) as a starter in all 17 games. The native of New Hope, Pa., owns a .583 shots-on-goal percentage that is the second-highest single-season total in school history. Earlier in the year she scored game-winning goals on the road at UTEP and Vanderbilt, and she also scored goals in each of Rice's last two games to help lift the Owls into the C-USA Tournament.
Truong is second on the team in minutes as a starter in the midfield, playing more than 96 percent of the team's total time. The Fort Worth, Tex., native has five goals with three assists, and the distinction of scoring goals against both of the respective 2013 C-USA divisional champions in Colorado College and FIU. In three years of Division I soccer, Truong has twice been an a first team all-conference selection as well as a C-USA third team/all-freshman honoree in 2011.
The Owl who led the team in minutes played was Fichera, a true freshman who rarely came off the field and went on to log 1,580 of the team's 1,594 total minutes (99.1 percent). A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Fichera emerged as one of the cornerstones of a young Rice backline that was beset by injuries. She also provided an offensive presence with four assists.
The Rice soccer team hosts Marshall at 7 pm Monday (Nov. 4) in the opening round of the C-USA Championship, kicking-off the week-long tournament to be held at the Owls' Holloway Field.
A total of ten conference teams, five from each of the two divisions, qualified for the annual championship where the league's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament will be on the line. The event's championship final is scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 10) at 1 pm, and slated for a live television broadcast by CBS Sports Network.
There are two games scheduled for Monday's opening round. The first is UAB (11-6-2) vs. Tulsa (10-6-3) at 4:30 pm. Rice (7-7-3) meets Marshall (9-6-3) in the nightcap.
2013 C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
All-Conference First Team
F: Rachel Holden, North Texas
F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice
F: Lauren Hughes, Rice
F: Azia Nicholson, UTEP
MF: Jessie Ayers, Colorado College
MF: Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College
MF: Quinny Truong, MF, Rice
D: Katie Uyenishi, Colorado College
D: Caitlin Hite, East Carolina
D: Olivia Mbala, Florida Atlantic
D: Kelsey Hodges, North Texas
GK: Kate Scheele, Colorado College
All-Conference Second Team
F: Ashleigh Shim, FIU
F: Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic
F: Jade Babcock, UTEP
MF: Amanda Jones, Charlotte
MF: Kate Loye, Middle Tennessee
MF: Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa
D: Monica Trickett, Charlotte
D: Kecia Morway, Colorado College
D: Tori Martyn, UTEP
GK: Caitlin Updyke, Louisiana Tech
GK: Bubba Makela, UTSA
All-Conference Third Team
F: Sarah Schweiss, Colorado College
F: Kendall Frey, East Carolina
F: Vanessa Ibewuike, North Texas
F: Danica Roberts, Southern Miss
MF: Kim Lopez, FIU
MF: Paige Hanks, UAB
MF: Jasmine Kauka, UAB
MF: Aleah Davis, UTEP
D: Danielle Romano, East Carolina
D: Alyssa Cathey, Marshall
D: Emily Jorgenson, Middle Tennessee
Nicole Anderson, D, Charlotte
Chanisse Hendrix, F, Colorado College
Caitlin Hite, D, East Carolina
Katie Englert, MF, Florida Atlantic
Majolein Timmermans, D, Louisiana Tech
Rachael Figg, F, Middle Tennessee
Rachel Holden, F, North Texas
Jenny Fichera, D, Rice
Brittany Taylor, GK, Southern Miss
Lana Bermel, MF, Tulsa
Morgan Key-Adams, MF, UAB
Kim Fincher, MF, UAB
Aleah Davis, MF, UTEP
Bubba Makela, GK, UTSA
Offensive Player of the Year
Rachel Holden, North Texas
Defensive Player of the Year
Kelsey Hodges, North Texas
Midfielder of the Year
Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College
Freshman of the Year
Rachel Holden, North Texas
Coach of the Year
Geoff Bennett, Colorado College