Kiner All-WCC

Freshman Caleb Kiner (26) started in 16 of 17 games this season and scored the first goal of his career in GU's 1-0 victory over Denver.

Three Gonzaga University men’s soccer players received All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors for their efforts in the 2021 season.  Junior Demetrius Kiyega and senior Frankie Ljucovic were named to the Second Team All-WCC while freshman Caleb Kiner was named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team.

For Kiyega, this is the fourth time in his career he’s received postseason recognition and third on the conference’s second team. This fall, he paced the Zags in points (13) and shots on goal (15) while being tied for the lead in goals scored with five. Kiyega was also named to the preseason All-WCC team prior to the 2021 campaign.

Joining Kiyega on the second team is Ljucovic, who was named an honorable mention following the conclusion of the 2021 spring season. The Millbrook, New York, native scored three goals as a senior, including the game-winner in San Diego in October. His performance against the Toreros earned him WCC Player of the Week honors, the lone Zag to do so this season. 

Making the move from Dallas, Texas, to Spokane, Kiner started in 16 of 17 games in 2021 as a freshman. Prior to GU, he played for Portland's USL League Two Portland Timbers U23 team as a 19-year-old.

The Bulldogs wrapped up their season on Nov. 13 in a loss to the Pacific Tigers. GU finished the season 7-10 under first-year head coach Aaron Lewis, the program’s best record since 2016.

Cole Forsman is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @CGForsman.

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