Lauren Hughes efforts to help Rice beat an SEC foe and tie a future conference opponent earned her soccer accolades from the Conference USA office.
Hughes was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Monday, a day after she scored two goals and notched an assist in the Owls 3-2 road win at Vanderbilt. The Owls improved to 5-8-1 all-time against teams currently in the SEC.
After receiving a pass from Quinny Truong, Hughes converted a shot attempt to the back corner of the Commodores net Sunday to score the first goal of the game. The sophomore forward from Ottawa, Canada made it 2-0 by hitting one past the Vandy’s goalkeeper in the left corner of the goal later in the half. That goal was assisted by Holly Hargreaves.
Hughes returned the favor by assisting on a second half goal scored by Hargreaves. Rice led 3-0 and survived after Vanderbilt (1-2-1) scored goals in the 73rd and 79th minutes.
Rice (1-1-1) tied Western Kentucky on Friday when neither team scored. Rice junior goalkeeper Amy Czyz tied a career high with 11 saves.
Hughes took eight shots during the weekend, including four on goal. It’s the second time she has scored two goals in a game (SMU last season) and it’s the second time she’s won the C-USA Player of the Week award. A Rice player has won the award 35 times.
Tulsa’s Caitlin Jancuska won the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award.
Rice is next in action Friday at New Mexico.