Benjamin on a roll

About this time three years ago, the Casa Grande girls team was about to shock the local community with its first-ever NCS title. And that team was led by Alyssa Benjamin, one of the best players ever in the Empire.

So, where is she now? Still playing soccer and playing at a high level at Div. I UC Santa Barbara as a sophomore defender. As a fresheman she played in 17 games, starting 7 and her only goal of the season beat USD.

This season she has seen action in 11 of 21 Gaucho games, starting 9. UCSB will play a first-round NCAA tournament game on Nov. 12th against BYU.

Her alma mater is in Wednesday’s semifinals (vs. Maria Carrillo) of this year’s NCS tournament as it tries for a three-peat.