For the second year in a row the Luther College men’s soccer team advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA III National Soccer Tournament. Luther has now advanced to the Round of 8 four times (1996, 2001, 2018, 2019).

Round of 16

Saturday afternoon the Norse defeated Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University at Ed Strand Field on the campus of North Park University in Chicago. Following 110 minutes of scoreless action, the match was decided by shootout. The Norse prevailed 7-6. 

Logan Morrison gave the Norse the 7-6 advantage and then keeper Carson Davenport stopped Drew Riggie on the final penalty kick of the shootout to secure the win. 

Davenport was solid all afternoon, turning away five shots on goal that included a point-blank attempt late in the second overtime. 

This was the second consecutive match the Norse have advanced in the tournament by shootout.

Round of 8

Calvin University defeated Luther Sunday afternoon in the Elite 8 by a final of 3-0. The Knights scored twice in the first half and added a goal late in the second, to secure their third trip to the semifinals in the past four years.

Justin Wojcik (5) scored what proved to be the game winner at 10:55 assisted by Hunter Olson and Sam Twigg. Twigg scored the second goal of the half at 35:28 assisted by Olson. Twigg’s goal was his 15th of the year. Olson capped off the afternoon with his 16th goal of the season, assisted by Twigg at 84:43.

The Norse outshot the Knights 10-7 and placed four shots on goal. 

Luther was making its second consecutive appearance in the Elite 8 and fourth in school history. The Norse end their season with a record of 17-5-3. Calvin improved to 23-1-1.