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Loras College earned the Iowa Conference automatic bid to the NCAA III National Tournament after defeating Luther 1-0 this afternoon in the conference tournament championship match here in Decorah.
Johnny Rummelhart scored the game winner in the 43rd minute. The Loras goal was the first the Norse had allowed to an Iowa Conference opponent this year. It also snapped a stretch of 641 scoreless minutes dating back to Oct. 9. The loss also snapped Luther's 15-match unbeaten string.
Luther will now have to wait until Monday, Nov. 7, to find out if it will receive a bid to the national tournament. The selection show is schedule to be video streamed at Noon - http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2011-10-22/fall-championships-selections.
The Norse entered the match ranked 22nd in the country and are now 15-3-2 overall. Loras, ranked 14th in the nation, improved to 16-2-3.
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