Women's Soccer - Thu, Jan. 5, 2006
CHICAGO - Danielle Wagner, a redshirt freshman goalkeeper last season at the University of Illinois-Champaign, has transferred to Saint Xavier University to continue both her athletics and academic career as a member of the Cougar women's soccer program. The Worth, Ill., native played prep soccer at Stagg High School in Palos Hills under Ray Navarro.
Wagner is the daughter of Chuck and Jan Wagner, who reside in Worth. She plans to pursue a degree in biology at Saint Xavier University with a concentration in pre-occupational therapy. SXU women's soccer coach Derek Begich feels Wagner will make an "immediate impact" in goal as a freshman next fall.
"Adding Danielle is a huge addition to our program, because she will make an immediate impact," said Begich. "With 18 players returning from last year's 14-4-2 team, the signing of a (NCAA) Division I transfer, and getting her high school teammate Jessica Martinez (who signed in December) gives us a great chance to reach the 2006 NAIA National Tournament."
"We have had some great keepers at Saint Xavier and Danielle is one of the best I have seen in a long time," continued Begich. "Her strengths are her size, presence in the box, great organizational skills, and great hands. I have known Danielle since she was in eighth grade and I'm very excited to be able to coach her over the next four years."