3 - Luke Staats
Luke Staats
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Almere, Holland
High School: FC Omniworld
Position: D

As a junior (2010): All-Conference Carolinas Second team…Appeared in 15 matches, including 12 starts…Played at least 85 minutes in 10 matches…Recorded a season-high two shots against Tusculum (Sep. 5)…Tallied an assist against Mount Olive (Sep. 18).

As a sophomore (2009): Appeared and started in 23 matches… Fifth on the team in minutes played (1910)…Seventh in assists (five)…Logged at least 75 minutes in all but five matches…Tallied an assist in back-to-back matches against Lincoln Memorial (Sep. 4) and Erskine (Sep. 12)…Notched an assist against Barton (Sep. 30)…Season-high two assists against St. Andrews (Nov. 3) in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.

As a freshman (2008): Appeared and started in 23 matches…Led the team and finished second in the conference in assists (nine)…Scored his first collegiate goal at St. Andrews (Sep. 13)…Season-high three assists in a 3-1 win against Limestone (Oct. 7)…Tallied two assists, including a helper on the match-winner, against Coker (Nov. 4) in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament…Notched an assist against Anderson (Nov. 9) in the conference final…Tallied a helper against Limestone in the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 14).

Personal: Born on Nov. 19, 1988 in Almere, Netherlands…Son of Gerard and Adry Staats…Has one brother, Roy…Father Gerard played soccer for SC Stormvogels Telstar…Brother Roy plays soccer for FC Muidenberg…Majoring in criminal justice.

More about Luke: Favorite book: “Voetbal International”…Favorite movie: “Gladiator”…Favorite sports team: AFC Ajax…Favorite athlete: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur…Luke’s advice to kids: “Never give up”…Favorite color: Blue…Favorite food: Italian…Favorite sport other than soccer: Cycling.