The American Rivers Conference has announced that Luther College senior forward Ben Keller (Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake) has been named the league's Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 10.
Keller helped lead Luther to the A-R-C Tournament championship, scoring the game winner at 88:55, to give Norse a 2-1 win over Loras College in the title match. The goal was his 14th goal of the year and eighth game winner. The Norse, seeded fifth in this year’s tournament, became the lowest seed to ever win the championship and only the second fifth seed to advance to the title match. The tournament title was the ninth in school history for the Norse and the third in the past four years.
In addition to their road win over Loras, Luther defeated the tournament’s top seed, Central College in the semifinals. Keller added an assist and placed two shots on goal in Luther’s 3-0 win over the Dutch.
The tournament title also secured the league's automatic berth to the NCAA III National Soccer Tournament. Luther is making their 10th appearance in the national finale and fifth under the leadership of Head Coach Chris Garcia-Prats.
The NCAA announced Monday, Nov. 11 that Luther will host first and second round matches of the national tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17. Luther will face Principia College (IL) in the first round at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.