17 - Dani Weatherholt
Dani Weatherholt
Height: 5-8
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Capistrano Beach, Calif.
High School: San Clemente HS
Position: Midfielder

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012: All-WCC Honorable Mention … WCC All-Freshman Team … Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Team of the Year … started all 22 games for Santa Clara … scored one goal vs. UC Riverside … scored one goal and had one assist vs. UNC Greensboro … had an assist vs. Washington State … scored the game-winner vs. Gonzaga … scored one goal vs. Portland … scored a goal at Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of varsity soccer at San Clemente High School ... club was South Coast League Champions in 2009 and '12 ...D1 CIF SS Finalist in 2011 and '12 ... D1 CIF and State Champions in 2009 ... ranked No. 1 by ESPN in 2009.

CLUB: Played for Sothern California Club for nine years ... team captain for seven of them ... played for Cal South State Team 2011-2012 ... ranked by TopDrawer Soccer No. 5 in So Cal and  No. 19 Nationally ... 2011 ODP National Champions ... 2011 U17 Far West Regional Champions and advanced to Nationals ... First-Team ODP All Stars 2011 ... Named 2011 NSCAA Youth All-America Team ... 2011 NSCAA High School Girls All-Region VIII Team ... 2010 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Team captain ... 2010 U17 San Diego Surf College Cup Finalist ... 2009-10 ODP Region IV Finalists ... 2009 and '10 Region IV Champions.

NATIONAL TEAM: 2011 U18 US WNT Training Camp/June 2011 Chula Vista Olympic Center; Captain vs Japan ... 2011 March U18 WNT Camp-Home Depot Center/Captain - Semi pro team 1-1 ... 2011 Jan/Feb U18 WNT Camp-Florida/Captain - Germany 2-1 ... 2010 Aug U17 US WNT Camp-Florida ... 2010 July U16 US WNT Nordic Cup Champions-Denmark- Assist Goal ... 2010 June U17 US WNT Camp-Florida ... 2010 March U15 WNT Camp-Home Depot Center.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Doug and Gail Weatherholt … father is a realtor, and mother is a part time bookkeeper…has two brothers, Doug and Branden … born in Laguna Beach, CA…enjoys photography, drawing and the environment … wants to continue playing competitive soccer both professionally and nationally following her college career … major is undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Why Danielle chose Santa Clara: “There are so many aspects of Santa Clara that made it my top choice. Having the opportunity to be coached by Jerry Smith in the ODP program gave me the insight into his teaching techniques and style of play, which furthered my search into Santa Clara. Santa Clara’s proven track record in both academics and athletic success made it a highly desirable choice for me. In addition, I am thrilled with the fact that the school is spiritual in nature and I will be surrounded by people with like minds and values.”

Head coach Jerry Smith on Danielle: "Dani is the most complete player in our incoming class.  Her game reminds me of Leslie Osborne's game when she came to Santa Clara.  Dani impacts the game equally well on the attacking side of things and on the defensive side.  Dani is very determined, competitive, driven and tough.  In fact, Dani's mental side is a good as I've seen at the youth level.  I believe Dani will be another great central midfield player in a long line of great central midfield players we've had at Santa Clara University."