Gonzalo Bonilla begins his fourth year at LMU?will be a senior leader in his final season?established himself as a defensive midfielder during the spring?can change the point of attack well?has developed into a tenacious defender?an intelligent, hard working defensive midfielder?will see time as a marking back.
Played in all 18 games?started in seven?had three points on the season, all coming on assists?earned an assist on the first goal of the season in 2-0 win against Detroit Mercy?assisted on two other game winners?one was in the 1-0 double overtime win against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 26) and the other in the 3-2 overtime win against UC Irvine (Sept. 29).
Saw action in 11 games while starting in six?tallied four shots throughout the year?recorded two shots against Gonzaga (Oct. 24)?posted one shot against CS Fullerton (Oct. 3) and St. Mary?s (Nov. 5)?1998?played in six games and started in one?collected his only shot of the season against UNLV on Sept. 25?contributed strong minutes as a defensive midfielder.
Bonilla is a 1998 graduate of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, CA?a four-year soccer letterwinner?garnered All-Sea View League honors three times?an All-Orange County selection as a junior?served as team captain his senior season?his 1998 squad advanced to the CIF finals?prep coaches were Ken Sjobom and Bob Chavez.
GonzaloTomas Bonilla, ?Gonzo?, was born on March 24, 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina?the son of Robin and Monica McCrea-Steele?has one brother, Martin Bonilla, and one sister, Jennifer McCrea-Steele?also recruited by San Diego State and UC San Diego?a psychology and Spanish major.