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Cal Poly soccer recruit Sophia Brown receives CIF scholar-athlete of the year award

Incoming Cal Poly women’s soccer recruit Sophia Brown earned an impressive distinction recently.

The senior goalkeeper from Foothill High School in Pleasanton was chosen as the overall 2016 CIF Farmers Insurance Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, according to a release from Cal Poly.

Brown, who plans to major in aerospace engineering, was selected from a pool of 400 candidates representing 1,576 schools around the state’s 20 total sections.

She will receive a $5,000 scholarship and be honored at the State Capitol on May 26.

“As the end of my high school career approaches, I learned through retrospect that my proudest accomplishments were achieved by emulating those more successful than I,” Brown said in a news release. “Thanks to those preceding me, I pushed myself to realize my potential, and now it’s my turn to inspire those following me.”

Outside of her standout soccer career, Brown, who serves as Foothill’s ASB President, was an all-league lacrosse player and served as a captain during her four-year varsity basketball career.

Brown is one of eight incoming recruits expected to join Cal Poly in the fall.

Mustangs volleyball players honored

The Cal Poly beach volleyball team had four players receive all-Big West Conference recognition earlier this week.

Sophomore Taylor Nelson and freshman Adlee Van Winden garnered first-team all-Big West honors, while sophomores Savannah Niemen and Raeann Greisen were second-team selections.

The Mustangs finished their third beach volleyball season with an 11-12 overall record, the best mark in the program’s short history.

Nelson and Van Winden, who were first-team all-conference performers during the fall indoor season, earned Cal Poly’s only victory during a Big West Tournament semifinals loss to Long Beach State last month.

They came away with a 21-19 and 22-20 decision over Jenelle Hudson and Zoe Konstantopoulou in the second position.