TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's soccer team had a double-digit goal scorer for the first time since 2013, and the team won at least 10 overall games for the seventh-consecutive year. The Loggers finished the year with an 8-4-2 Northwest Conference record, good for third place in the league. They defeated Pacific Lutheran in the final game of the season to wrap up another competitive year.
The Loggers opened the season with a three-game winning streak, and bookended it with another three-game winning streak to close out the year, including knocking off Pacific, 4-1, in the penultimate game. The Boxers finished second in the league. Earlier in the year, Puget Sound tied ultimate NWC champions, Whitworth, 2-2, in an exciting back and forth affair at home.
Junior Ezra Kraus led the way for the 2016 Loggers. The midfielder scored 11 goals, which was good for third in the Northwest Conference, and was also the first time a Logger had scored in double digits since Carson Swope scored 14 in 2013. Kraus' year also included five game-winning goals, and he was named to the All-NWC First Team. Cameron Lorek chipped in five goals for Puget Sound, and senior Josh Sonico had four goals, including three game-winners. The Loggers scored a league-best 39 goals in the 2016 season.
Zac Lokay continued to be a leader on the defensive side of the ball. The junior, a two-time team captain, helped anchor the Logger defense, which finished the season with a NWC leading 1.06 goals-against average. Lokay also scored four goals in 2016, which were the first goals of his career.
The Loggers placed four on All-Northwest Conference teams, with Lokay and Kraus named to the First Team, and Sonico and Lorek earning Second Team honors. Lokay, Kraus, and Lorek will all return in 2017 to challenge for a NWC title and look to win at least 10 games again.
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