KANSAS City, Mo. – Rice’s Samantha Chaiken has been named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America First Team, the organization announced Thursday (Dec. 14).
Chaiken was one of just 12 Division I women’s players that United Soccer Coaches named to the Scholar All-America First Team. The senior midfielder from Dallas, and three-year team captain, juggled Division I soccer and the Rice University curriculum to maintain a 3.37 grade point average in Sport Management.
For her play on the field Chaiken recently became the first Rice Owl in the history of the soccer program to earn All-America status. She is also now the first Rice player to earn First Team Scholar All-America honors. (One Owl has been named a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America and two players have received CoSIDA third-team honors since the start of the Rice soccer program in 2001.)
In a sensational 2017 season, Chaiken has been named a First Team All-Region as well as the Conference USA Midfielder of the Year for the second time in as many years. She shared the Rice lead in goals (8) and game-winning goals (2), and led the Owls in shots (58) and shots-on-goal (25) for a steady .431 shots-on-goal percentage. Chaiken was also among the team leaders with 1,535 minutes and rarely came off the field, playing in 92. 5 percent of the team’s total time this season. She led Rice to a 12-4-2 overall record, the C-USA regular season title and an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
In her four-year collegiate career Chaiken started each of the 69 games in which she played. She ranks among the Owls’ all-time leaders in goals (15) and game-winning goals (6). The former Ursuline Academy and Dallas Texans Soccer Club standout was recruited and trained by Rice head coach Nicky Adams, who has completed her seventh full year at the helm of the program.