Danielson heading to Ohio-Wesleyan

California High senior defender Ben Danielson, who was selected to the Bay Area News Group’s All-East Bay first team, and was also a first team All-League selection in the East Bay Athletic League, has decided to take his services east after committing to play soccer at Ohio-Wesleyan.
After talking to (head coach) Jay Martin, I was very enthusiastic,” Danielson said. “Walking through the campus just felt like it really fit me.”
Despite liking it a lot, he wasn’t sure after his visit and continued to weigh his options, which included staying home and playing locally at San Francisco State. But after seeing many campuses, he knew what felt right.
“After more visits to other colleges, I found myself comparing them to Wesleyan subconsciously,” Danielson said. “And in the end, I had a “aha!” moment for sure. I truly feel like I made the right decision, and knowing that I had my parents support meant a lot to me. I’m really excited to play as a Fighting Bishop next year. It’ll take a lot of work, but my years of playing has prepared me for it.”
Martin and the Fighting Bishop are getting a very versatile player, and on top of that, he’s very unselfish. After playing mostly in the midfield during his high school career at Cal, Danielson made the switch to left back to help the team, and wound up standing out at that position as well.
“I’ll play anything he wants me to, on either side. Whatever he decides is best for the team, I will adjust to it,” Danielson said. “Because as a player, I have played every position, so I am ready for the adjustment process, and excited for it.”

Matt Smith

  • Bench Warmer

    Awesome! and great to hear!!!!

    Congrats to #11 for Cal!!!

    Matt, great job keeping up with the pulse of soccer and volleyball!!

  • THEanonymous

    Congratulations to Ben, from what I can tell he deserves every bit of his prized opportunity to play for such a great college program. And I also have a hunch from what he said that he made the choice correctly and right. Hopefully Rivas, Pagliuca, and Fagenson will also play for good college programs.

  • Go Grizzlies!

    Congratulations to Danielson.

    You sure were fun to watch this year!! You will be missed. Good luck at Wesleyan where I am sure you will also thrive!

  • Just Soccer

    Congratulation to Ben and his family. The Danielon’s have been a big part of youth soccer over the past decade with the father (who played at Cal Berkeley) who has coached many of the best players in the Bay Area in the Early Santos Days and brother Trevor who left his mark at Cal High and went on to play at the college level and now Ben. All stems from great parenting and a desire to win and enjoy the game. His choice of schools is a credit to Ben and the family as well. The Coach there is a legend and the program has been a Top 10 program for decades. Congrats to Ben and his family, a great soccer player and a great person!!!