2010 - Senior: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (8/23) ... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in an started 18 matches, accumulating 1,576 minutes for an average of 88 per game ... Earned the first goal of the season for the Illini, knocking home a header attempt against Loyola-Chicago off a Vanessa DiBernardo corner kick ... Also record two assists to total four points, helping Jordan Hilbrands record the lone Illini goal at Connecticut and Shayla Mutz tally the game-winner against Iowa ... Totaled 11 total shots, placing three on-target ... Served as a starting center-back on the Illini defense for the fourth consecutive season, leading the Illinois defense that held opponents to one or fewer goals in 15 contests.
2009 - Junior: Academic All-Big Ten ... NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Third Team ... Illini Co-Team MVP and Defensive MVP ... One of four Illini to start all 19 contests ... Played all 1,770 minutes of game time Illinois accumulated over the course of the season, the only Illini to do so ... Was an integral member of the defensive unit responsible for holding opponents to 27 goals and an average of 1.37 per contest ... Totaled eight shots on the season, putting three on target.
2008 - Sophomore: All-Big Ten Second Team ... Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region Second Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started all 23 matches without missing a single minute of play, leading the Illini defense to nine shutouts ... Assisted on game-winning goal against Dayton ... Recorded first shot against Florida ... Tallied two assists against Michigan State ... Recorded three shots, two on goal, against Indiana ... Had one shot in Big Ten Tournament against Michigan State ... Team Co-Defensive MVP.
2007 - Freshman: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie First Team ... Soccer Buzz All-Freshman Great Lakes Region ... Started in 20 games ... Captured her first career goal vs. Penn State ... Assisted on the game-winning goal vs. Wisconsin ... Played the full 90 minutes in 12 matches, including four complete overtime games.
High School/Club: Listed as a Top 75 recruit by Soccer Buzz ... Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America selection in 2005 and 2006 ... Member of the ODP Region II team in 2005 and 2006 ... Led FC Milwaukee to four consecutive Wisconsin state championships ... Helped FC Milwaukee to the Midwest Regional semifinals in 2005 ... Attended ODP national camps in 2004, 2006 and 2007 ... Participated in ODP Inter-regional events in 2005 ... Led Brookfield Central to state championships in 2004 and 2005, the only years she played high school soccer.
Personal: Born November 8, 1988 ... Majoring in psychology ... Daughter of Norb and Meg Kot ... Has an older brother, Nathan, who attends Minnesota ... Member of National Honor Society, student council and the school newspaper in high school.
Getting to Know Danielle: Favorite Actors: Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston ... Favorite Musicians: Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer ... Favorite Food: Hot chocolate.
Rayfield on Kot: "Danielle has been a leader on the field beginning very early in her career. We have confidence in her experience and ability to read the game and trust her to organize, make adjustments, and solve problems during the flow of the game."
Danielle Kot's Career Statistics