Wartburg College senior Luers will play football and learn culture in Brazil
Kate Luers was given the chance of a lifetime, a chance that was just too good to pass up.
So on Sunday, the Danville High School graduate boarded a plane with 17 other NCAA Division III women’s soccer teams, along with head coach Jim Watts of Hanover College, and flew. flight to Brazil, where they will play three games in Rio de Janeiro.
The rest of the time the team will spend sightseeing and sightseeing, as well as time on the beach.
From a sporting, educational and cultural point of view, it was really a no-brainer for Luers.
“Earlier this year I was approached by (organizer Ron Smith) to join a Division III soccer team heading to Brazil. Me and another player from Wartburg (Sarah Campbell) decided to go “said Luers, a senior at Wartburg College. “It’s an opportunity to see how teams from other countries play and learn about their culture. It’s a unique opportunity. Let’s go play football and go on vacation.”
“A lot of players on this year’s USA D-3/Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams in post-season play,” Smith said. “I think the players on this team will be some of the same players that we will see recognized like all American players, all regions and all conferences in the fall of 2022. This is an exceptional group of young women This tour is designed to expose players to an exceptional football experience while providing a unique opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth.
The Luers put up big numbers for the Knights last fall.
She was a four-time All-American for Wartburg and will play a fifth year (COVID Year) this fall.
in 2021, Luers played 19 games, scored nine goals and had three assists for a total of 21 points. She earned many playoff honors:
• Conference Offensive MVP
• All conferences
• United Soccer coaches for all regions
• United Soccer Coaches All American Third Team
• United Soccer Coaches Scholarship for all regions
• United Soccer Coaches All-American
• United Soccer Academic Coaches Conference.
“I haven’t played in a real game since last fall, so it’ll be interesting to see how we all come together,” Luers said. “We’re just coming out of the spring season in March, but I had ankle surgery after the season so I couldn’t play at all. I had a fracture and tore ligaments “I went in and did x-rays and an MRI and then had surgery. It was a pretty quick recovery. I trained on my own to try and get back into shape.
The USA D-3 Soccer Tour will run from May 29 to June 7. The team will begin with an orientation session in Orlando, Florida on May 29 before the team flies to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that evening. The team will be in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, May 30. The team will play 3 matches in Rio. They will play either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday before playing at Botofogo Clube on Saturday, June 4. They could play another game on Sunday June 5 against an upcoming team from Rio de Janeiro. The USA D-3 soccer team will face the best U-22 club teams in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
During their stay in Brazil, the teams will discover the educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through visits to cities, schools and sports clubs. While in Rio, the team will stay at the famous Copacabana Beach and visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the world’s most recognizable landmarks.
“I’m really excited about this,” Luers said. “We have three games and a practice and the rest of the time we’ll be sightseeing and hanging out on the beach. It’ll be fun to see that kind of culture. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There’s no way I could pass it up.”