Ellie Rice Named To National Team of the Week

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore midfielder Ellie Rice was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Women's College Team of the Week Monday for her performance in Santa Clara's season-opening win at San Jose State on Aug. 19.

Rice scored both Bronco goals in the 2-1 victory at Spartan Stadium. She opened the scoring in the 11th minute when she picked up a loose ball near the box and dribbled through multiple Spartan defenders and put the ball in the upper-left corner.

Less than 15 minutes later Rice scored her second goal on an assist from Olivia Klei. Klei hit a long lob into the box that bounced to Rice who took a shot that clipped the goalie but still found the back of the net.

"It's always great to be recognized for your play," said Rice. " I just continue to work hard and have a great coaching staff and a team that believes in me. I try to make my shots count because you only get so many in a game ."

Santa Clara returns to the field this weekend for matches at UC Santa Barbara on Fri. Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and at Cal Poly on Sun. Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.

Week One Team of the Week
Tara Campbell, Duke (GK)
Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford
Camille Levin, Stanford
Lexi Kopf, UC Irvine
Ellie Rice, Santa Clara
Taylor Uhl, Minnesota
Tishia Jewell, UCF
Colleen Williams, Dayton
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Stefanie Ochs, San Diego