Kate Luers wasn’t sure what to expect during her senior season for the Wartburg College women’s football team.
After the strangest year in history in which the COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be moved from fall 2020 to spring 2021, but with almost everyone back, Luers knew the potential was there for the Knights to have a big season this fall.
Luers had the best season of her career, crowning the American Rivers Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Luers helped the Knights reach the NCAA Division III tournament, where they lost a 1-0 game to Wisconsin-La Crosse to close a 15-4-1 season, including 7-1 and a runner-up. in the conference.
While the season didn’t end as Luers had hoped, it was a season she won’t soon forget.
“We’ve had a really good season,” Luers said after scoring nine goals and assisting three more and scoring three game-winning goals for the Knights. “We had all of the starters except one back this year so we knew there was a possibility that we could be really good. Everyone worked hard and we had really good chemistry and ended up having a really good happy new year. We had some big regional wins which helped us get an all-around offer. Loras are a great team. They reached the Sweet 16. We were beaten twice by them and twice by Wisconsin-La Lacrosse. But it was still a very good season. “
This is Luers’ third consecutive all-conference honor and his first offensive MVP award. Luers is a three-time CRA Offensive Player of the Week as well as a female Athlete of the Week recipient. She has made three appearances this season with several goals scored.
Luers was coming out of a shortened spring season in which she scored two goals and had two assists in just seven games.
Luers could have posted more numbers this season, but suffered a sprained ankle that caused him to miss the regular season final against Loras and hamper his mobility in the loss to Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Luers has been invited to play several different positions this season, which she was happy to do to help her team succeed.
“I go wherever our team needs me to go,” said Luers. “We’ve changed things up a bit this year. I’ve played in midfield, outside midfield and up front. We’ve had some amazing attacking players this year. I was able to pass the ball more and find my teammates. We were a strong group of attackers.
For his career, Luers has scored 29 goals and assisted 23 others for 69 points in 59 matches. She had 173 shots, including 53 on goal, and has nine game-winning goals.
The best part for Luers is that she is getting one more season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Luers, who specializes in journalism and communications with a focus on public relations, is yet to complete several internships but is expected to graduate in December 2022.
“It will be very difficult to say goodbye to my senior teammates and roommates, but I’m really excited to be playing another season with the rest of the squad,” said Luers. “We will resume training in the spring and try to go further next season.”