|Date:||October 28, 2017|
For the fifth year in a row Luther will be playing in the semifinals of the Iowa Conference tournament. This afternoon, the Norse survived 110 minutes of scoreless play, and advanced to the semifinal round by shootout 4-3. The official score ends in a 0-0 double overtime tie.
In the shootout, Central shot first. The Dutch scored its first three shots, while Luther's Marta Springer and Ellie Schmid made their attempts and then Claire Little was stopped on shot number three. Central's Lauren Vahlkamp then missed on the fourth try, that was followed by a make by Halina Pyzdrowski. Entering the final shots for both teams, Central's Erin Manion missed and McKenzie Lundquist secured the win with a make.
Both teams had chances to end this contest during the 110 minutes of action. Schmid hit the crossbar in the 70th minute and then Maggie Anderson hit the cross bar with a shot in the 79th minute. Central also hit the crossbar twice, the first in the 95th minute and the second time in the 102nd minute.
Lauren Thormodsgard stopped eight shots on goal, while Dutch keeper Taylor Golt was credited with five saves.
The shootout was only the second for the Norse in the 22-year history of the Iowa Conference Tournament. In 2003, Loras won the tournament title by shootout 6-5 over the Norse.
The tie gives Luther an overall record of 7-9-1. Central ends its season with a mark of 14-2-3.
Luther will now travel to No. 2 seed University of Dubuque on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Start time for this semifinal match has yet to be determined.
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