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For the first time in the program’s 17-year history, the Rice soccer team won the C-USA regular season championship with a conference record of 9-0-1.

“I am extremely proud of this team for the grit and fight that they have been showing,” said Nicky Adams, head coach. However, there’s still plenty of work to do. “It is pretty awesome being able to solidify a conference championship before the end of the regular season, but we still have a few more of our team goals that we are looking to accomplish,” said Adams.

Junior forward Annie Walker, this season’s leader in assists, cited teamwork as a key to the Owls’ success. “Our team chemistry has been so awesome, and we’ve been having a lot of fun this season. One of our best strengths is that we connect really well on the field; we play … as a unit, and we do so with intensity.”

The Owls headed to the 2017 C-USA Tournament as the No. 1 seed on Nov. 1, resulting in a 1-0 loss against the Charlotte 49ers.