Men's Soccer

21  Barry Rice
Barry Rice


Parma, Ohio

High School:
St. Ignatious

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180


  • 2006 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
  • 2006 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
  • 2007 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 first-team All-Conference USA
  • 2007 first-team NSCAA All-Region
  • 2008 National Team of the Week (9/22/08)
  • 2008 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2008 first-team All-Conference USA
  • 2008 second-team All-America
  • 2008 third-team Top Drawer Soccer All-America
  • 2008 NSCAA All-Region

Argubaly the best player in program history, the top talent in the conference and one of the top defenders in the country ... Served as the leader of the UK club for the third consecutive year, earning co-captain honors before the season ... Supremely athletic, Rice became the first player in school history to win C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons ... Was a first-team All-Conference USA selection ... Became just the third All-America selection in program annals, earning third-team honors from Top Drawer Soccer and second-team accolades from ... Is a force in the air, necessitating the keeping of a new stat by the UK soccer staff, tracking of "Contested Barry Rice Headers Won/Lost" per game ... Rice won a staggering 189-of-218 contested header attempts on the season, an 87-percent clip ... Had the best defensive game of the season in a scoreless draw against Memphis, winning 32-of-36 contested header attempts in the regular-season finale ... Did not lose a contested header attempt until the seventh game of the season ... Started all 21 games, logging 1989 minutes, third-best on the team ... Finished with two goals and one assist, firing a team-high 33 shots, with 14 on goal ... With UK possessing a more threatening offensive attack in 2008, Rice did not need to carry the goal scoring load as he did in 2007, scoring seven goals ... After being subbed out of the first two games of the year - both blowouts - Rice did not sub out of the game the rest of the season, going 19 straight games of playing every second ... Got his first assist of the season in the opener against UCA ... Got first goal of the year in a free kick opportunity against Michigan ... Notched the game-winning goal in the semifinals of the C-USA Championship against UCF, heading the goal that sent UK to the championship game ... Tied for sixth in UK career history with six game-winning goals.

Led team in minutes played (1642), goals (seven), points (15) and game-winning goals (three) ... Started 18 games, firing 22 shots and 11 shots on goal ... Six of seven goals came off headers, with the other goal coming off a free kick vs. Marshall ... Athletic defender, Rice got second goal of career and first of the season vs. UNC Asheville ... Tallied single goals vs. Michigan State, UAB, Memphis and UCF ... Had a two-goal, one-assist game vs. Marshall, finishing with five assists.

Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... One of just two Wildcats to start all 21 games ... Logged 1758 total minutes, which ranked second on the team ... Played every minute of 10 games ... Played mostly on the back line while seeing some action at midfield ... Scored one goal and assisted on five more ... Lone goal was game winner as he cracked shot from 20 yards out against UCF ... Tied school record and became just fourth player in school history to record three assists in a game when he did so against Georgetown College ... Assisted on game winner against Belmont and game-tying goal in overtime loss to Michigan ... Fired 13 shots, five on goal ... Named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team after helping UK to championship match.

Played four years for Mike McLaughlin at St. Ignatius ... Led team to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior ... Named NSCAA All-American and Cuyahoga Player of the Year after anchoring a defense that allowed only eight goals en route to perfect 23-0 season ...Earned first-team All-State and first-team All-Greater Cleveland honors as a senior ... Despite playing defense, tallied five goals and six assists in senior year ... Chose Kentucky over Michigan, Akron and Notre Dame.

Full name is Barry LaShawn Rice, Jr. ... Son of Barry Rice Sr. and Karen Jack ... Has one younger brother, Joshua (14) and three younger sisters, Liz (14), Heather (12) and Emma (7) ... Favorite professional club team is FC Barcelona ... Born on Sept. 23, 1987 in Euclid, Ohio.

Rice in the Record Books
Assists (game): t1st - 3 vs. Georgetown College (9/6/06)
Game-Winning Goals (career): t6th - 6

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