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Women’s soccer upset in IIAC semifinals

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Dubuque’s Megan Siepler scored just 12 seconds into the IIAC Tournament semifinal game hosted by Wartburg Wednesday and the Spartans never looked back.

On Sept. 22, the Knights defeated Dubuque 5-1 on that same field, outshooting the Spartans 30-9.

Wednesday, however, was a different story.

Elizabeth Frasier put Dubuque up 2-0 in the 33rd minute, with the score remaining that way at halftime.

Anna Aqunio scored off a free kick in the 63rd minute to cut the lead in half but that’s all the closer No. 2 seed Wartburg would get, falling 2-1 to No. 3 seed Dubuque.

Wartburg (12-4-3) still held a 22-12 advantage in shots but the Spartans advanced to the conference tournament championship game.

Loras (17-4) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Spartans (11-7-2) Saturday.

Last season, the Knights failed to earn the conference’s automatic bid but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 16-2-2 record and a No. 9 national ranking.

Sixty four teams will be selected to the NCAA Tournament. Wartburg will learn their postseason fate Monday afternoon.

Wartburg’s Cathy Reiter attempts to work the ball around two Dubuque defenders Wednesday. —Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

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