Senior Bice recognized as All-American

Michael Steward, Assistant Sports Editor

There is notary dependability to Kenzi Bice’s final chapter of college soccer.

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Bice totalized five goals and four assist during her last campaign. / Photo Courtesy of OBU Athletics

As a senior captain for the Lady Bison, the center midfielder tallied five goals and added four assists on the season.

The fourth-year Oklahoma Baptist veteran, Bice averaged just under three shots per contest, which ultimately proved to be a constant threat to opponents.

Bice’s efforts helped lead the Lady Bison team to an overall record of 15-6-1, a NCCAA Regional Championship title, and a bid to the NCCAA National Championship game in Kissimmee, Florida.

“It puts everything into perspective when you know it’s your last season to play,” Bice said.

“Heading into the season my goals were to stay healthy and win the first team all-GAC award.”

Bice exceeded those expectations as she was recognized as an All-American for the NCCAA in Los Angeles, California.

She received the award in front of some of the greatest players in the world, including former U.S. national team goalkeeper, Tim Howard.

“It was a humbling experience and one I will never forget,” Bice said. 

“I owe it all to my teammates because I could not have accomplished any of it without them pushing me to get better every day.”

Despite this being her last season as a Lady Bison, Bice said she was also focused on leaving an inspiring legacy for her teammates to shadow in the seasons to come.

“I tried to always encourage players to always stay positive and supportive of one another,” Bice said.

“When times were tough, I would try to remind them that it’s more than worth it to know you gave everything you had every time you play.” 

Like every team, the Lady Bison had their ups-and-downs during the 2016 season.

Bice said her favorite moments from the season included the feeling after every win and senior night.

“It was always exciting to win,” Bice said.

“As for senior night, it was special because the entire team came together to support the seniors.”

Now that her soccer career and college years are coming to an end, Bice plans to start her teaching career after graduation and eventually begin coaching kid’s soccer in the future.

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