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Welcome to GCU Men’s Club Soccer

Come find out about our sport at our 2021-22 Informational Meeting:
Thursday, September 9th
12pm
Building 1
Room 405

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Soccer team was established in the fall of 2015 and has transformed itself into one of GCU’s most reputable athletic clubs. The rapid growth that GCU Men’s Club Soccer has experienced qualifies it as one of the fastest growing club soccer programs in the nation. It has established an extremely competitive team that plays matches in both the fall and the spring and competes for both regional and national titles.  The program has also begun its own set of 7v7 tournaments to help players improve their skills all year long.

GCU Club Men’s Soccer is a member of the Southwest Soccer Conference (SSC) and competes in the West Coast Soccer Association. The men’s club soccer travel team plays fall scrimmages and spring seasons that consist of matches hosted by GCU at our top-notch facilities, as well as matches throughout the southwestern states. In 2019-20, the Lopes’ claimed the SSC Championship title and were undefeated in conference play. After their 2020-21 season was limited to unofficial scrimmages against local club teams due to the pandemic, the Lopes are looking forward to getting back into conference play for the 2021-22 season. 

GCU Club Men’s Soccer is truly a year-round program with top-level coaches, equipment and uniforms, and plays on some of the best fields in all the Southwest. Join us for fun, competitive and skilled soccer!

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GCU Men’s Club Soccer Schedules

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/01/2021 vs Ottawa University TBD 6:00 PM TBA
Friday 10/08/2021 vs University of Arizona TBD 8:00 PM TBA
Saturday 10/16/2021 vs Northern Arizona University TBD 1:00 PM TBA

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Thursday 09/16/2021 vs Justice College TBD 9:00 AM CANCELLED
Tuesday 09/21/2021 at Benedictine University Benedictine University 6:00 PM TBA
Saturday 10/02/2021 at Arizona State University ASU Turf Fields 4:15 PM TBA
Friday 10/08/2021 vs University of Arizona TBD 6:00 PM TBA
Thursday 10/14/2021 vs Benedictine University TBD 6:00 PM TBA
Friday 10/29/2021 vs Arizona State University TBD 6:00 PM TBA

GCU Men's Club Soccer Roster

  • Matt Pierce
  • Corey Valdivia
  • Brandon Wishman
  • Aidan Rojas
  • Alexander Jones
  • Andrew Olive
  • Aruna Wilondja
  • Ben Carpenter
  • Brock Baker
  • Caleb La Croix
  • Chase Bowen
  • Derek Ward
  • Desmond Rowe
  • Dylan Martin
  • Elijah Hollenkamp
  • Emanuel Garcia
  • Ezekiel Lage
  • Frank Oliva
  • Gregory Ezechukawu
  • Henry Kieneker
  • Hugo Cervantes
  • Jacob Sargent
  • Jake Kalenze
  • Jonah Lage
  • Jonathan Garcia Suarez
  • Jordan Varner
  • Joseph Parra-Aguirre
  • Kristopher Chaparro
  • Kyle Datu
  • Luis Chiang
  • Luis Garcia
  • Matthew Kaitschuck
  • Myles Hamilton
  • Nels Larson
  • Nico Felich
  • Noah Guisinger
  • Noah Portis
  • Nolan Lyle
  • Preston Curtice
  • Riley Krueger-Harding
  • Rudy Flores
  • Ryan Carlin
  • Sean Lima
  • Seth Perez-Velasco
  • Silas Best
  • Tannar Larson
  • Zac Abdo
  • Zachary Guptill

GCU Men's Club Soccer Coaching Staff

Petar Draksin

Head Coach
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Petar Draksin continues his storied Grand Canyon University coaching career as he now enters his second season as GCU Club Men’s Soccer Head Coach after volunteering with the program as an assistant the previous two years. Draksin – or ‘Drak’ as he is known around GCU circles – has been one of the more recognizable faces around the GCU campus over the past three decades-plus, whether it’s wearing a coaching shirt on the soccer pitch or wearing a badge as a member of GCU Public Safety. 

Draksin first arrived on the GCU campus in 1986, serving as an assistant coach for the Lopes’ NAIA Men’s Soccer squad. After helping lead the Lopes to an NAIA District title and an NCAA National Tournament appearance, Draksin ascended to the head job in 1993. For the next 22 years, Drak’s teams were among GCU’s campus elite, winning five Pacific West Conference titles in just a seven-year span; four California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament berths; and a pair of NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. Draksin’s top shining moment came in 1996, when his Lopes stormed their way to the NCAA Division II National Championship, knocking off Oakland University (MI) in the title match to earn the championship trophy.

That was far from the only ‘first’ the Lopes enjoyed under his tenure, since Drak helped spearhead the Lopes’ move to the Division I level, Coaching them in their first two DI seasons, and manning the sidelines when the Lopes hosted Arizona’s first-ever Division I men’s soccer match in 2013. Along the way, Draksin’s 15 winning seasons and seven NCAA National Tournament appearances garnered him five PacWest Coach of the Year awards, as well as both the Far West and NSCAA/Umbro NCAA DII Coach of the Year awards in 1996. 

‘Drak’ has also spent nearly 40 years coaching both boys’ and girls’ teams in the Arizona Youth Soccer League, and spent 2019 as an assistant coach on the community college level for the vaunted Yavapai Roughriders’ Men’s Soccer program in Prescott. He also spent eight years on the high school level, leading Glendale’s Apollo High School to Arizona Class 5A State playoff appearances each year, winning it all in 1993. Finally, Draksin spent several years as head coach of the Arizona Sahuaros’ premiere developmental soccer team, leading them to their first-ever winning season, and eventually the Men’s Premier Soccer League title. 

A native of Vladimirovac Banat, Serbia (then Yugoslavia), Draksin moved to the United States while in high school and as a player, eventually ascended to pro soccer for five years before beginning his coaching career.