The Luther College women's soccer team returned home from a successful trip to Costa Rica during the college's spring break that took place the last week in March. This was the second time the Norse have traveled to Costa Rica, the first took place in 2015. The NCAA allows teams to take a tip abroad every three years. Costa Rica Soccer Tours led the group throughout the week's activities that included a couple of matches and plenty of sight seeing.
The Norse played two matches, defeating the Liberia professional team 4-1 and also posted a 4-2 victory over San Carlos.
"Our trip to Costa Rica provided us a professional training and playing experience along with great team bonding activities like zip lining and white water rafting," commented head coach Russ Schouweiler. "It is always our goal within our soccer program to provide our student-athletes with a positive and memorable experience during their four years in our program. With the help of Costa Rica Soccer Tours, we were able to do exactly that for our players on this trip."
Highlights of the trip included:
The Norse started the trip in the Liberia, city in northern Costa Rica, near the Nicoya Peninsula. The team spent time on the beach that included two training sessions, a Catamaran tour, yoga and plenty of time in the sun.
Marta Springer scored twice and Hanna Jennings and Maggie Anderson each scored once in Luther's win over the Liberia professional team.
The Norse bused to San Carlos to be in the middle of the rain forest and the Arenal Volcano. While in the rain forest the team spent time at a hot springs park, ziplined down a mountain and white water rafted.
Hailey Sanchez scored two goals, while Anderson and Jesse Buttolph both scored once during Luther's win over San Carlos.
"The Costa Rica trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I was so glad to be apart of," stated senior Jesse Buttolph from Kersey, Colorado. "Being able to finish out my soccer career at Luther in Costa Rica with 25 of my teammates was so fun and brought the team closer than ever before. Many moments will be treasured whether it was swimming in the ocean with my team, zip lining down a mountain, or scoring my first collegiate goal. Being able to train, play, and see the Costa Rica way of life through soccer, was so unique and an invaluable experience!"