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Rice's Quinny Truong, Lauren Hughes, Jenny Fichera and Holly Hargreaves were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2014 All-Central Region teams, the organization announced on Wednesday (Dec. 3).
Coaches in the NSCAA's Central Region (consisting of Conference USA, Big 12, Southland and SWAC schools) voted Hughes and Truong to first team honors. Fichera and Hargreaves were named second team all-Central Region. The Owl foursome helped Rice win the 2014 C-USA soccer championship to qualify automatically for the NCAA Tournament, as well as tie the school record for wins (14) in a single season.
Truong was named all-region for the third time in as many years, the most of any player in Rice soccer history. The senior from Fort Worth, Texas, has been a fixture in the Rice midfield dating back to her freshman year of 2011, culminating with 63-consecutive starts and a final tally of 80 career starts to tie the school record. In addition to a goal and six assists, Truong was voted as the C-USA Midfielder of the Year by the league's head coaches.
Hughes was also a first team all-region honoree, yet another accolade to add to a crowded list of awards and records the junior forward amassed in 2014. Hughes was the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year who led the league, while tying school records, in both goals (14) and points (35) - to go along with a team-best seven assists. The standout from Ottawa, Ontario, registered a sensational stretch of scoring goals in seven-straight games and though just a junior, she has already set the new Rice marks for career goals (32) and points (84). It's the second time for Hughes to earn all-region, but her outstanding season was not limited to the soccer field. She was also named a second-team C-USA All-Academic selection.
Sophomore defender Jenny Fichera followed a solid freshman campaign with an even better year in 2014. The native of Ann Arbor, Mich., finished third on the team in total playing time, recording 90 or more minutes in 18 of the Owls' 21 matches. She was one of the leaders on a Rice defense that posted 11 complete game shutouts and held opponents to just 12.5 shots per game. Fichera has been a defensive starter for all 39 games of her collegiate career, but this year she also provided a distinct attacking presence out of the back to register four goals and five assists.
Back-to-back all-region honoree Holly Hargreaves closed out her junior season continuing a starting streak that has now reached all 60 matches of her collegiate career. The forward from New Hope, Pa., ranked among the conference and NCAA national leaders in goals (10), shots (84) and shots on-goal percentage (.440). This year Hargreaves broke the Rice school record for goals in a single game (4), career game-winning goals (12), and career shots (209).
Under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams, Rice soccer has had at least one NSCAA all-region honoree in each of the last five years. Last month Adams, the C-USA Coach of the Year, also led Rice soccer to NSCAA All-Academic honors based on the Owls' 26-player roster maintaining a composite grade point average of 3.37.