CHICAGO – Luke Zeiler, a senior transfer from Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar men's soccer program. The Homer Glen, Ill., native also played two seasons at Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) during his freshman and sophomore years in 2009 and 2010. Zeiler, a center midfielder, played prep soccer at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Ill., and earned all-sectional and all-conference honors his senior season.
Zeiler is the son of Daniel and Maureen Zeiler of Homer Glen. He is looking to pursue a degree in business next year at Saint Xavier University. In addition to his play at Nova Southeastern and St. Francis (Ill.), he was also a member of the Chicago Fire National Premier Soccer League. Zeiler started in 14 of Nova Southeastern's 16 games in 2011 and as a sophomore in 2010 with the Fighting Saints finished tied for second on the team in goals scored (4).
"Luke is just a quality signing for our program," said Saint Xavier University men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic. "He is technically sound with a great engine. Luke comes to us as a proven, experienced collegiate soccer player; who will immediately add stability, energy and leadership to our midfield. It is always a great feeling when you recruit a guy who has the ability to make a difference on the field. It's an even greater feeling when the character and the quality of the kid are equal to or beyond his ability to play. Luke fits that description and we are looking forward to the impact he will make."