Dec. 11, 2019
Seven Eagles were named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team on Tuesday after Biola completed its best men's soccer season in program history, compiling 13 regular season wins and a .794 winning percentage and earned a spot in the conference playoffs on the women's side.
Biola's men's team went 7-3 in conference play, winning their final five conference matches via shutout after starting 2-3 against GSAC opponents. Kevin Kiser led the way with his second all-conference nod and JT Addington, Daniel Chew and Joey O'Keefe each earned their first career honor.
Kiser stepped up to the plate to lead the Biola defense after his fellow starting defender Joao Toscan went down in just the fourth match of the season. Kiser anchored a back line that led the GSAC with just 12 goals allowed in their 17 matches. Kiser started all 17 games for the Eagles as he led them to a second place finish in the conference. He is the 10th player in Biola history to earn multiple all-conference honors.
Addington started all 17 games for Biola, logging over 1,550 minutes between the pipes and recording a conference-best 10 shutouts over the course of the season. The sophomore keeper was second in the conference and sixth in the NAIA in goals against average (0.69) and second in conference in save percentage (.778). Addington earned one nod as GSAC defensive player of the week after picking up shutouts against Hope International and eventual conference champion Concordia.
Chew, a senior forward from Lake Forest, Calif. paced the Eagles' offense all season long, scoring 15 goals on the season, second best in conference. He had three multi-goal games, including a hat trick against Westmont Oct. 12. He also added an assist to total 31 points for the Eagles, third most in the GSAC. Chew ranked in the top 50 in the NAIA in goals, goals per game, points and game-winners.
O'Keefe, a sophomore midfielder out of Victorville, Calif., came on strongest at the end of the season as a number two scoring option after Chew. He scored five goals in the final four games to up his season total to eight, second on the squad and tied for fourth in the GSAC. He also had three game-winners, 50th in the NAIA. O'Keefe also had three multi-goal games, including two-goal performances against Westminster, Hope International and Arizona Christian. O'Keefe added one GSAC offensive player of the week after scoring three goals in a two win week ending Oct. 27.
Adrian Padilla of Concordia won the conference player of the year award and Chris Gould, CUI's head coach, took home the coach of the year honor. All GSAC soccer postseason honors are presented by Under Armour.
Morgan Aukshunas, Chrissy King and Amanda Lillicrop were selected to the all-conference team from the women's squad.
The All-GSAC squad consists of 22 players selected by a vote among all of the head coaches in the conference. Jordan Davidson of Vanguard and Lindsey Smith of Westmont were named the conference players of the year when the All-GSAC team was released Monday. Chris Gould, head coach of the conference champion Concordia Eagles, was named coach of the year.
Aukshunas, a senior defender out of Orange, Calif., wins her second consecutive all-conference nod after starting 15 games for the Eagles and picking up two goals and two assists. She anchored the Biola defense that helped post eight shutouts and allowed just 21 goals in 18 games. She won GSAC defensive player of the week twice this season and was named NAIA player of the week on Oct. 14. Aukshunas was named all-conference and an NAIA All-American honorable mention last season.
King, senior forward from Carlsbad, Calif. earns her first career all-conference honor after leading the Eagles with eight goals and tying for second with four assists, giving her a team-leading 20 points. King finished the year fifth in the GSAC in shots (52), seventh in points (20) and eighth (8) in goals.
Lillicrop, junior midfielder from Cypress, Calif., had a breakout year for Biola, picking up two goals and leading the team with five assists to earn her first career All-GSAC selection. Her five assists tie her for sixth in the conference as she anchored the right wing in 15 starts and 17 appearances for the Eagles.
This is the Eagles third consecutive season with at least three all-conference nods. They advanced into postseason play for the fourth straight year, before getting eliminated in a 1-0 loss to Vanguard on Tuesday.
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