Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. -Eddie Na, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team's all-time leader in both goals and points, will take his game to the next level, inking a contract this week with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League.
"We're very proud of and excited for Eddie and his opportunity with the Tacoma Stars," said PLU Head Coach John Yorke. "He's worked incredibly hard for this opportunity and I know he has lofty goals for his continued soccer career."
The hometown hero from University Place, Washington signs with the team after a star-studded career that included winning back-to-back Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades. The forward was a two-time All-West Region selection and a four-time All-NWC honoree, while earning NWC Player of the Week laurels on three occasions in 2017. Na finished the season with 16 goals and 34 points, leading the league in both categories and ranked 23rd in all of NCAA Division III in goals.
A member of the Guam National Team, Na appeared in 74 games over the past four seasons with the Lutes, making 65 starts. He found the back of the net a school record 50 times while also amassing 20 assists for a school record 120 total points. Of his 50 goals, 13 were game-winners.
The 16-team MASL is the highest level of professional arena soccer with teams located from coast-to-coast and playing a 22-game schedule from late October to early March. Na joins fellow Lute Derek Johnson (2010-2013) on the Tacoma Stars and will attempt to boost the fortunes of the Stars who currently sit in third place in the four-team Pacific Division with a 3-6 record.
"It will be exciting to see Eddie and Derek on the field together representing PLU."
Na's first opportunity for minutes will come on Jan. 5 with the Stars hosting the Ontario (California) Fury inside the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.