Women's Soccer - Tue, Jan. 16, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - Saint Xavier University freshman goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois) was recently awarded a $1,000 Brine Method and NAIA Champions of Character Scholarship when the honor was announced at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention last Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind. The first-year award is given to a student-athlete who demonstrates character and dedication both on and off the field.

The NAIA Champions of Character program has established five core values that go well beyond the playing field to the daily decisions of our student-athletes. These character values help young people - and those associated with their development - make good choices in all aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. The five core values are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.

"I think that when people look at Danielle both on and off the playing field, she displays all five of the Champions of Character core values," said Saint Xavier women's soccer coach Derek Begich. "She is a born leader with tremendous character and a commitment to excellence. I think it is a great honor for both Danielle and our program to have her as the award's first recipient."

Wagner had a stellar debut season with the Cougars starting 20 of the team's 23 games in goal and posted 104 saves and school-record tying 10 shutouts. She also had a 0.60 goals-against average, the lowest average ever by a SXU women's soccer goalkeeper. Following the season, she was named a NAIA First Team All-American, a first in the 10-year history of the SXU women's soccer program.

Led by Wagner, Saint Xavier earned its first-ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament last fall and finished with a school-record 19-4 overall record. The Cougars ended their season on November 17, 2006, in the second round of the national tourney with a 2-0 loss to No. 7 ranked Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.).