LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In usual fashion, No. 21 Bellarmine shut out its opposition while adding an offensive charge to defeat Indianapolis 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Sunday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
The win avenges one of Bellarmine’s two loses on the season as the Greyhounds (11-8, 9-6 GLVC) won the regular season matchup 2-1 on Oct. 7. The 14 wins also ties a school record for Bellarmine (14-2-2, 13-2-1 GLVC), set by the 2009 squad.
Picking up a failed clear by the UIndy defense, freshman Abby Janszen put Bellarmine on the board as she ripped a shot into the bottom left past Greyhound keeper Shae Morris in the 31st minute. Just five minutes later, defender Jessie York picked up a rebound off the crossbar to score her first goal of the year and send Bellarmine to the 2-0 lead at the break.
Junior Alex Kowalski would find the back of the net in the second half to notch her seventh goal of the year to tie Janszen for the team lead. For the game, Bellarmine held clear advantages against the visitors in shots (27-5) and corner kicks (10-1).
Wisconsin-Parkside 2, Southern Indiana 0
KENOSHA, Wis. — Wisconsin-Parkside took the first step in defending its Great Lakes Valley Conference championship with a 2-0 victory against Southern Indiana in the GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals on Sunday at Wood Road Field. The Rangers scored two second half goals to earn the win and advance to the semifinals against Bellarmine.
The tournament’s final four will be held at top-seeded Northern Kentucky who advanced on Saturday with a 2-1 win against Missouri-St. Louis. It’s a nearly identical scenario as last year when Parkside had to go to Highland Heights to claim the title.
After the game’s first five minutes, the Rangers controlled possession for virtually the remainder of the match. The Screaming Eagles were able to muster just two shots on the day in relation to the 23 Parkside was able to get.
Going against the wind in the first half the Rangers had a couple of chances to take the lead but couldn’t get one across. Shannon Becker had perhaps the best opportunity of the half as she got behind the defense, but USI keeper Stephanie Bodamer came out to take the angle away and push the shot wide.
The chances began to come for the Rangers as they were able to get on the board 4:26 into the second half. Natalie Brown put one over the top of the defense to Benson who was able to find the inside of far right post from about 10 yards out and earn what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Parkside continued to pressure and added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute. Becker chipped a ball to the left wing and Megan Owens pushed it through the legs of the keeper for her fifth goal of the year and a 2-0 cushion. The assist by Becker was the 45th of her career, tying her with Allison Wild for school record.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.