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GR grad named All-Iowa Conference in soccer

November 19, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Decorah, Iowa - Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School graduate Hanna Christopher '15 was named all-Iowa Conference for women's soccer. This is the first time she has been so honored.

The Iowa Conference all-conference team is voted upon by the head coaches of the league, who select 22 players all-conference.

Christopher started all 19 matches for the Norse and played a dual role as a defender and midfielder. She tallied one goal and added on assist for a total of three points during the 2017 campaign.

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Christopher helped lead Luther to the six-team Iowa Conference Tournament championship match for the second year in a row. Entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Luther defeated No. 3 Central College in the semifinals by shootout 0-0 2OT (4-3). In the semifinals, Luther defeated No. 2 University of Dubuque by shootout 1-1 2OT (4-3). Facing nationally ranked No. 19 Loras College in the championship match, the Norse season came to an end, as the Duhawks posted a 4-1 victory.

Luther finished with an overall record of 7-10-2, 4-4 in the Iowa Conference.

The Norse are coached by Russ Schouweiler (86-61-9) who just completed his eighth season at the helm of the program. During his tenure, he has been named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year twice (2013-2016) and in 2016 led the Norse to their first appearance in the NCAA III National Tournament.

After three years in a Norse uniform, Christopher has made 57 appearances that includes 52 starts. She has produced six goals and five assists.

Luther College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church and is located in Decorah, Iowa. The Norse compete in 10 men's and nine women's intercollegiate sports.

An original member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since 1922, the Luther men's teams have won 166 conference championships. In 1982, the IIAC expanded its championship sponsorship to included women's sports. During this time frame, the women have won 79 championships. Luther is the first school in the Iowa Conference to record an unmatched 245 IIAC titles.

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