The Wartburg Knights have a new head coach this year and he’ll be relying on Kickapoo and Springfield SC’s Luke Prater to help the squad return to the NCAA Tournament:
This yearâ€™s squad, looking to extend the programâ€™s run of national tournament appearances to six, will work around the defense.
A quintet, featuring senior Robert Acosta of Tucson, Ariz.; junior Matt Haager of Bettendorf; and sophomores Luke Prater of Springfield, Mo., and Kyle McKenna of Davenport each played 20-or-more matches last fall. Theyâ€™re part of the recent success by Knightsâ€™ defenses, allowing 15 goals or less in each of the last two years. McKenna and Prater each gained postseason awards by being placed on the All-Iowa Conference second team.
The photo is from State Cup 2007, one of Luke’s fierce looks!