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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.