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Danielle Fotopoulos is the first soccer player inducted into the UF Athletics Hall of Fame.

Friday April 11, 2008Danielle Fotopoulos First Soccer Player Inducted Into UF Athletics Hall of Fame

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Danielle Fotopoulos is the first soccer player inducted into the UF Athletics Hall of Fame.

Danielle Fotopoulos, co-captain of the 1998 NCAA Championship team and still the NCAA leader for goals and points, is the first soccer player inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the UF Athletics Hall of Fame Friday evening at the induction ceremony held at the Holloway Touchdown Terrace. Athletes become eligible for the UF Athletics Hall of Fame 10 years after they have completed their collegiate career.

 

Her final collegiate goal, a 22-yard free kick placed perfectly into the upper left corner of the goal, gave Florida a 1-0 win over then defending NCAA champion North Carolina in the 1998 NCAA College Cup championship match. Fotopoulos still holds the NCAA All-Time Career records for goals (118) and points (284).

 

Fotopoulos scored 66 goals and contributed 24 assists for 156 points during her two seasons with the Gators. She played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Southern Methodist before transferring to UF for the 1996 season. In her first season with the Gators, Fotopoulos set the UF season record for goals (34) and points (81), as she led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season. Her six goals versus Auburn in the 1996 Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal still stands as the UF record for goals in a match. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear of her right knee while training with the U.S. National Team the following spring sidelined her for the 1997 season.

 

Fotopoulos' Collegiate Honors as a Gator

● 1998 Honda Award Winner

● 1998 NSCAA National Player of the Year

● 1998 ESPN.com/Soccer Times National Player of the Year

● 1998 Soccer America Player of the Year

● 1998 NCAA Final Four Offensive MVP

● 1998 & 1996 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year

● 1998, 1996 & 1995 All-American

● 1996 SEC Tournament MVP

As a senior, Fotopoulos again led the nation with 32 goals and 75 points. Fotopoulos was named the national player of the year by several outlets, including picking up the Honda Award and receiving the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year honor. She was the NCAA College Cup Offensive Most Valuable Player and a 1998 NSCAA All-America first-team selection. Fotopoulos also picked up her second SEC Player of the Year honor in 1998. She graduated from UF in May of 1999 with a degree in leisure management.

 

Fotopoulos was part of the U.S. National Team that won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup championship in front of more that 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Fotopoulos also played three seasons in the WUSA (women's professional soccer league that ended in 2003) with the Carolina Courage, finishing as one of the top scorers in league history with 27 goals, but her final season was cut short by her second ACL tear. She suffered a third ACL ligament tear in January of 2006 while in U.S. Soccer Residency Training Camp. The numerous knee injuries played a part in her decision to retire from the U.S. Soccer National Team in February of 2007. She earned 35 caps for the USA National Team while scoring 16 goals.

 

Fotopoulos and her husband, George, live in Land O'Lakes with their two children, Alexia Shea and Vasilos George. She is assistant director of coaching at HCU Soccer Club.

 

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