The Wartburg women’s soccer team clinched the program’s third conference championship and the first since 2015. The second seeded Knights defeated the fifth-seeded Luther Norse, 2-0, to secure the American Rivers Conference title.

“I’m really proud of this team,” Tiffany Pins, head coach, said. This is Pins’ third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as the Knights’ head coach. “They have been so committed to our vision and play for each other.” At the 32-minute mark, Joy Smith ’22 scored the first goal of the game, her 10th of the season, off an assist by Annie Place ’22, which gave the Knights a 1-0 advantage at the end of the first half.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Hailey Osburn ’22 scored the second goal for the Orange and Black off a penalty kick. Osburn’s fourth goal of the season gave Wartburg a 2-0 victory over the Norse.

The Knights outshot Luther 16-5 with nine shots on goal and had a 6-0 corner kick advantage. Previously in the tournament, the Knights plowed over the University of Dubuque Spartans with a 4-0 home victory.

At the thirty-one minute mark, Emily Fontana ’21 scored the first goal of the match to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. It was Fontana’s second goal of the season.

Ten minutes later, Molly Close ’21 scored a goal off a corner kick by Sarah Campbell ’22 with an assist by Smith. The goal gave the Orange and Black a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first half. Close started off the second half with another game at the 50-minute mark from a Campbell corner and an assist by Gabby Corday ’23.

Several minutes later, Place scored Wartburg’s fourth goal of the game off assists by Fontana and Kate Luers ’22. Wartburg outshot Dubuque 22-2 with nine shots on goal and had an 8-3 corner kick advantage. Wartburg will play Concordia Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 16 in Waverly.

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