Nov. 6, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rice soccer players Lauren LaGro and Ashton Geisendorff were both named to the 2011 Conference USA Championship All-Tournament Team, the C-USA league office announced Sunday evening in Memphis after the conclusion of the week-long postseason event.
Just a true freshman in her first season of Division I soccer, Geisendorff saved her best for last at the tournament. The rookie forward from Rowlett, Tex., scored the game-winning goal in the quarterfinal round against longtime rival SMU. She played a total of 126 minutes and led the Owls with six shots, including five on-goal for an eye-opening .833 shots-on-goal percentage.
Already an all-conference honoree for the 2011 regular season on a vote of the C-USA head coaches, LaGro was named to the all-tournament team for a pair of solid games in the Owls' postseason run. The junior defender from Dallas played all 211 minutes of Rice's two overtime games in the tournament. She helped lead the Owls' defensive effort that allowed just one goal during official play.
After a 0-0 regulation tie with UTEP in Friday's semifinal round, the Miners advanced to the Championship Final over Rice based on a penalty kick shootout (3-1). In Sunday's finale, Memphis defeated UTEP 2-1 in overtime to earn C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams, the Rice soccer team went 10-7-4 to record the program's most wins in a single season in three years. The Owls reached the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2007, only to be edged in a PK shootout. The young squad was paced by just four seniors on the roster. Five of the Owls' regular starting 11 were either freshmen or sophomores.
2011 C-USA Women's Soccer Championship
Christabel Oduro, F, Memphis - Most Valuable Offensive Player
Lizzy Simonin, D, Memphis - Most Valuable Defensive Player
Christie Kline, D, Memphis Melissa Smith, F, Memphis
Sarah Dilling, GK, UTEP
Brittany Kindzierski, F, UTEP
Katie Dorman, M, UTEP
Lauren LaGro, D, Rice
Ashton Geisendorff, F, Rice
Christiane Cordero, GK, East Carolina
Hali Oughton, D, East Carolina