By Matt Smith
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 8:49 pm in Boys soccer.
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.”