Dani Rhodes set numerous records during her time as a prep athlete at Waukesha West.
She’s now doing the same for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team.
Rhodes, a 2016 Waukesha West High School graduate, scored a record four goals in the Badgers’ 6-0 victory over Hofstra in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Friday night in Palo Alto, California.
The four goals is a single-match record by an individual in Wisconsin history. The scoring output also ties a Big Ten record for most ever in a match.
The six goals UW scored tied for most in an NCAA match in program history.
Next up for Rhodes and the Badgers (14-3-4) are the defending NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal (19-0-2) in the Sweet 16. The Badgers and Cardinal meet at 3:30 p.m. CST at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Palo Alto. You can watch the match through Stanford’s Live Stream via the Pac-12 website.
Stanford entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in the country and finished 10-0-1 at home. While playing the top-ranked team at home might seem daunting, the Badgers have been impressive on the road this season (9-2-0). One of those road victories came in the postseason where the Badgers shut out Memphis (3-0) Nov. 9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A record setter
Setting records is nothing new for Rhodes.
As a high school junior, she already held the career record for most goals scored in a game, season and in school history.
Rhodes led West to three state tournament appearances, including two runner-up finishes. She was named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the state Gatorade Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons.
Rhodes’ athletic accomplishments went beyond the soccer field. She was an All-State basketball player and holds the school record in career points, single-season points, single-game points, career steals and single-season steals.
Thriving in college
Rhodes’ success from high school has translated to Madison.
In her first season with the Badgers, Rhodes made the All-Freshman Team after scoring four goals, including two game winners.
She elevated her game as a sophomore. Rhodes started every match and led the team in goals, assists, points and shots on goal. She was rewarded with All-Big Ten second-team honors and Midwest All-Region first-team recognition.
This season, Rhodes leads the Badgers with 10 goals and has UW on the brink of its first appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals since 1993.
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