Alex Armstrong (13)
- Katy Tafler and Mirela Tutundzic each scored goals in the first
half as Grand Valley State captured the NCAA Division II Great Lakes
Region title Sunday with a 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky University
at the Town & Country Sports Complex.
Tafler began the scoring
just 11 minutes into the game by blasting a 25-yard shot past NKU
goalie Sam Westerling into the back of the net. It was the 25th
goal of the season for Tafler.
Tutundzic gave Grand
Valley State a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute by finishing off a pass
from Jenny Swalec and scoring her 15th goal of the season. The second-seeded
Lakers held a 5-3 lead in shot attempts at halftime.
Top-seeded NKU had several
chances early in the game, but the Norse were unable to capitalize
on the opportunities. Amy Law’s shot eight minutes into the
contest was turned back by Grand Valley State goalie Kristina Nasturzio,
and Law later hit the crossbar with another attempt that was cleared
by the Laker defense.
NKU owned a 9-2 margin
in shot attempts during the second half but could not find the net.
Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year Kristen Votapek
was closely marked by the Laker defense the entire afternoon and
did not attempt a shot.
Votapek, a senior forward,
entered Sunday’s game with 16 goals and 18 assists. Nasturzio
turned back four NKU shots on the day and posted the shutout for
Grand Valley State.
The Norse, who owned
15 consecutive victories entering the game, finished the season
with a 19-3 record. NKU was also ranked No. 6 nationally in the
Division II poll.
Two years ago, Grand
Valley State defeated NKU, 1-0, at the Town & Country Sports
Complex during the regular season. The Norse, however, avenged that
loss by posting a 4-3 win over the Lakers in the NCAA Division II
Great Lakes Region Tournament at Allendale, Mich.
Grand Valley State (19-2)
advances to the national quarterfinals next week against Central
Region champion Nebraska-Omaha. The Lakers are ranked No. 12 nationally.
Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament (at Wilder, Ky.)
Kentucky 2, #4 Wheeling Jesuit 0
#2 Grand Valley
State 1, #3 S. Illinois at Edwardsville 0
State 2, Northern Kentucky 0