Two Rice Soccer Players Earn All-Region Honors

Dec. 3, 2015

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rice's Lauren Hughes and Jasmine Isokpunwu were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2015 All-Central Region teams, the organization announced on Thursday (Dec. 3).

Coaches in the NSCAA's Central Region (consisting of Conference USA, Big 12, Southland and SWAC schools) voted Hughes to first team honors. Isokpunwu was named third team all-Central Region. The Owl duo helped Rice go 10-7-2 on the season and qualify for the C-USA Tournament.

It’s the third year in a row for Hughes to earn all-Central Region honors, including back-to-back seasons as a first team selection. The Conference USA head coaches voted Hughes as the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year after the senior forward led the league and was among the NCAA leaders in assists (10). The Ottawa, Ontario, native scored ten goals on a team-best 84 shots, and also among the national leaders in game-winning goals (5).

Isokpunwu came back from being sidelined all of last year to anchor the Rice defense this season. The standout from Austin, Texas, started every game on the backline and rarely came off the field. A second team all-conference defender, Isokpunwu led the team with 1,754 minutes played (98.7 % of the Owls’ 1,777 total minutes). She helped the Rice defensive crew allow just 10.6 shots per C-USA game as the squad recorded five shutouts.

The Owl honorees trained under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams. In five full seasons at the helm of the program, Adams has developed at least one Owl player to NSCAA all-region accolades every year.

 

 

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