DAVIS, Calif. -- A local standout will continue her collegiate career closer to home as Folsom, Calif., native Janae Gonzalez will transfer to UC Davis after playing her first two seasons at Santa Clara, Head Coach Twila Kaufman announced Wednesday.
“We are so touched that Janae sought out our program," Kaufman said. "She is a great local standout and having her return closer to home is to all of our benefit. She has strong collegiate and international experiences under her belt and she will add experience to our roster. More importantly, I know we are getting an incredible human being.”
After prepping at Vista del Lago HS, Gonzalez was a West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team and a WCC All-Academic Team selection as a freshman and sophomore, respectively, with the Broncos, scoring three goals in her debut campaign in 2015 while appearing in 21 matches. She finished with a goal and an assist as a sophomore in 2016 while helping Santa Clara to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to play for a program committed to its goals led by an experienced and enthusiastic coach," Gonzalez said. "I hope to gain knowledge about the game and myself from Twila and the hardworking staff and develop among my talented future teammates.”
Adding to her collegiate experience, Gonzalez, who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico, where her father was born, was a member of U-17 Mexican Women's National Team, helping the program clinch the CONCACAF crown in Jamaica for the first time in 2013 while leading the team in goals (three) and assists (four) as only a junior in high school. Mexico defeated both the United States and Canada in penalties in the semifinals and finals to earn the title.
Gonzalez and her teammates then traveled to Costa Rica for the 2014 U-17 Women's World Cup, where she was also the team's leading scorer, netting goals in wins over Columbia and China during the group stage before Mexico, which led the group in scoring, fell to the eventual champions from Japan in the knockout round.
Her goal against Columbia that put Mexico up, 3-0, in the match was selected as the best goal of the U-17 Women's World Cup as selected by a public vote on FIFA.com.
During her prep career at Vista del Lago HS, Gonzalez finished with 41 goals and 27 assists in 43 total matches before signing with the Broncos, helping the Eagles to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs as a senior in 2015 and earning a pair of league MVP honors in her final two seasons.
Off the field, Gonzalez, along with her brother, founded the non-profit organization "Jerseys and Cleats 4 Kids," which collects new or gently used soccer equipment and donates them to children around the world, including youngsters in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She has also run an annual Christmas soccer tournament that results in the donations of toys to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, Toys for Tots, and other local organizations, including collecting more than 800 toys one year.
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