Nov. 23, 2015
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Texas A&M's Danielle Rice
Texas A&M's Danielle Rice is the Dallas Soccer News College Player of the Week after leading the Aggies past North Carolina and Mississippi and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I women's tournament.
Pounds made three saves and was strong on crosses into her box to post the shutout in a 1-0 second-round upset of No. 8 UNC, then made another stop -- plus two more in the penalty-kick shootout -- as 21st-ranked TAMU (17-6-2) got past Ole Miss following a 1-1 third-round draw.
The junior goalkeeper from Westlake, Texas (Keller HS), who developed with Odyssey, Solar, D'feeters and Sting, is in her first season with the Aggies after spending two years as the No. 1 netminder at Creighton. She's conceded just four goals in seven appearances for TAMU, posting a 0.60 goals-against average with three shutouts, after having a 1.36 GAA and eight shutouts in 36 games with the Bluejays.
Rice made a save and collected seven crosses to keep UNC scoreless on Friday, then followed her stop against Ole Miss with two saves in the tiebreaker. She halted Bethany Bunker on the Rebels' third attempt, enabling TAMU to pull even, then thwarted Gretchen Harknett on the sixth round, setting up Sarah Shaw's winner on the next shot.
“It should've been four saves [during the shootout],” Rice said afterward. “We had some idea what they were going to do. But there are no words for this. This is a great feeling, and this team just keeps fighting as one to take the next step.”
The Aggies advanced to a quarterfinal clash Friday at No. 2 Florida State, the defending NCAA champion.
Rice is the third TAMU player honored this season Haley Pounds won the award in the first week of the season, back in August, and lasy week, and Emily Bates was selected in late August.
Dallas Soccer News College Player of the Week
Week ending August 23: Haley Pounds, Texas A&M
Week ending August 30: Emily Bates, Texas A&M
Week ending September 6: Michelle Prokof, TCU
Week ending September 13: Vanessa Valadez, SMU
Week ending September 20: Alli Murphy, Texas Tech
Week ending September 27: Jackie Crowther, Baylor
Week ending October 4: Abby Smith, Texas
Week ending October 11: Alexa Adams, Texas
Week ending October 18: Abby Smith, Texas
Week ending October 25: Idi Camara, SMU
Week ending November 1: Stanton Garcia, SMU
Week ending November 8: Jackie Kerestine, North Texas
Week ending November 15: Haley Pounds, Texas A&M
Week ending November 22: Danielle Rice, Texas A&M