Long Beach State forward Ashley Gonzales was named to Soccer America’s All-Freshman Second Team.
The Chino Hills High School graduate finished off an outstanding freshman campaign, earning Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, while also receiving second-team all-conference honors while being selected to the league’s All-Freshman Team in November.
She was the driving force behind the 49er offense with a team-high nine goals, four of them game-winning, 20 points and 56 shots. Gonzales became the first freshman in conference history to earn back-to-back Big West Offensive Player of the Week accolades during the regular-season.
Gonzalez also received regional recognition, as she was named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s All-West Region third team last month.
Citrus College sophomore defensive end/linebacker Benjamin Kane, became the third Owl to sign a scholarship offer, doing so with the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Kane was a two year starter on defense for the Owls. As a freshman Kane appeared in all 11 games for Citrus, recording 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. He followed that up in 2014 with 57 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, and a blocked kick. For his efforts, Kane was named a Southern California Football Alliance All-Central League Honorable Mention honoree.
Kane is a product of South Hills High School in Covina.
Senior guard Sango Niang Summit HS/Chaffey College) of Simon Fraser University is the Athlete of the Week for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
He scored a career-high 46 points in the Clan’s loss to Central Washington.
The 46 points is the second highest single-game point total in both GNAC and SFU history, as Niang trails only Western Washington’s Ryan Diggs who scored 47 in 2006, and Clan Hall of Famer Mike Jackel who scored 47 in 1980 and 1981.
He also made 18 field goals in the contest, equaling the GNAC single-game record from 2002.
Between the weekend’s two games Niang scored 71 points, had 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals, while making 27 of 46 field goal attempts.
On the season Niang is averaging 24.6 points a game, eight points more than the second-highest scorer in the conference.