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17 - Lydia Rice
Lydia Rice
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.
High School: Tupelo HS
Position: Defender
2009: Played in and started 19 games, sat out one game due to illness... scored three goals and three assists for 15 points in defense... 15 shots, three on-goal (.467)... perfect 2-for-2 in penalty kicks for the Panthers... one game-winner... NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-South Region in the College Division and also Third Team Scholar All-American in the College Division... All-South Atlantic Region Second Team... CoSIDA Academic All-District Soccer Team.

2008: Started all 19 games, 3 goals and 2 assists for 8 points...Played predominantly at Central defender...Had 2 goals verse Maryville College including the game winning penalty kick with 3 minutes remaining for the 3-2 win...Helped anchor a defense that only allowed 19 goals and upheld 7 shutouts.

2007: Sat out sophomore season due to injury.

2006: Named First-Team All-Big South Conference and Big South All-Freshman ... played and started in all 18 games, recording one assist ... helped the Panther defense to six shutouts.

Pre-BSC: Served as co-captain of the varsity squad at Tupelo High School as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and named team MVP those three seasons ... helped lead the squad to the State 5A title in 2003, 2004, and 2006, and was named MVP of the tournament as a senior in 2006 ... earned All-Area honors and was named Player of the Year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ... played in the Mississippi Association of Coaches North-South All-Star Game as a senior ... named Miss Soccer Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger as a senior ... named Defensive MVP her freshman year ... earned First-Team All-State honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior ... played for the Mississippi United club team, which won the 2006 state championship, was ranked 10th in the nation in the U-17 ranks in 2005, and was a finalist in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Region III Tournament in Plano, Texas, in June 2005 ... the club squad was also the Premier League Champion in 2004 ... graduated at the top of her class and was a National Merit Semifinalist in 2005 and a finalist in 2006 ... was a Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete ... was a Rotary Scholar from 2003-2005 ... Honor Roll member every semester ... Who's Who Among American High School Students ... received the American Legion Award as well as several other academic honors.

Personal: father Rob played football at Millsaps from 1974-78.