Rice Owls Return Home To Host Final Home Games This Weekend
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Enters senior season with contributions on a dramatic upward trend, starting 33 of the Owls' last 35 games.
2014: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice Soccer Most Improved Award; Iron Owl Award (presented by the Rice Strength & Conditioning staff); Started all 21 games... Finished with three goals on 18 shots, primarily playing as a midfielder... Registered first career goal in the second game of the season against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Dayton... Scored the game-winning goal on the road at C-USA foe Florida Atlantic, then came back the next game to score a goal and get an assist at home against Old Dominion... Also tallied assists against Louisiana Tech and on Lauren Hughes' game-tying goal against Air Force... Took a season-high three shots against LA Tech, and maintained a .167 shots on-goal percentage for the entire season... Logged a total of 1,555 minutes, an average of 74.0 per outing... Played all 110 minutes in the road tie at SEC power Arkansas, and 90 three other times including Charlotte, LA Tech and North Texas in the C-USA Championship Final.
2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Played in all 18 games and worked her way into 12 starts... Team had a winning 6-4-2 record in starts, majority of which were in the midfield... Averaged 53.2 minutes per start... Followed-up playing 70 minutes in the road win at Southern Miss with a season-long 75 minutes against eventual NCAA Tournament participant Colorado College... Proved versatile enough to contribute anywhere on the pitch over the course of the game.
2012: C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Finished debut season of Division I soccer in 2012 by playing in 17 of the Owls' 21 games with 13 starts... Started 11-straight games before suffering an injury early in the road game at nationally-ranked UCF... Worked hard to rejoin her teammates on the field, where she returned to the starting lineup for the final two games of the season... Played a total of 819 minutes, including a career-high 82 minutes against Big 12 foe TCU... Primary focus was on defense, but also contributed in the midfield... Attempted a total of 13 shots, with a season-high four attempts against Oklahoma... Maintained a .692 shots-on-goal percentage.
Club - Versatile forward/midfielder for the SoCal Blues, the same club as former Owl Alexandra Trenary... Helped the Blues win the state semifinals in 2011 and regional championships in 2011 and 2009... Shared the top goal-scorer honors at the 2011 regionals... Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Players to Watch for July 2011... Coached by Dido Tshimanga.
High School - A 2012 graduate of Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif.... Four-year varsity starter for the Dolphins' soccer team... Scored nine goals with seven assists as a senior to earn first team all-county and Most Valuable Player honors in the Sea View League (SVL)... Named the team's MVP after leading the squad to a second-straight SVL championship... Earned the league's Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Personal - Full name: Danielle Ashton Spriggs. Born: October 5, 1993 in Laguna Beach, Calif. Parents: Jim and Debbie Spriggs of Dana Point, Calif. (has one brother and one sister). Father played baseball at Saddleback College and Citrus College. Chose to attend Rice over Dartmouth, Boise State and Clemson. Rice College: Wiess