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Hanny Christopher named defensive MVP for Luther College soccer team

December 31, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

The Luther College soccer team held its annual end of the year awards banquet Dec. 4, at Peace Dining Room on the campus of Luther College. Hanna Christopher, a 2015 graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, was presented the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player Award.

Christopher started all 19 matches for the Norse and was credited with one goal and one assist for a total of three points. After three years in a Norse uniform, Christopher has made 57 appearances that include 52 starts.

Earlier this fall, Christopher was named all-Iowa Conference for the first time of her career.

Luther wrapped up the 2017 campaign qualifying for the six-team Iowa Conference Tournament for the 22nd year in a row. The tournament champion earns the league's automatic berth to the NCAA III National Tournament.

In the first round, Luther and Central College, Pella, Iowa, finished 0-0 2OT and Luther advanced 4-3 by shootout. In the semifinals, Luther and University of Dubuque finished 1-1 2OT, and for the second straight match the Norse advanced 4-3 by shootout. In the championship match, Luther was defeated by nationally ranked Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 4-1.

Luther is coached by Russ Schouweiler, who just completed his eighth year. During his tenure, he has an overall record of 83-59-9, 39-25-2 in the Iowa Conference.

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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