Hofmeyer (12) scored her first goal of the season with 1:11
remaining in overtime to send NKU to the GLVC Championship
game after a 1-0 victory over Indianapolis. (Photos courtesy
Zak Smith/UWP Sports Information)
By Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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KENOSHA, Wis. - Kristi Hofmeyer's first goal of the season couldn't
have come at a better time.
With just 71 seconds left in the overtime
period of Northern Kentucky University's semifinal match against
Indianapolis, Hofmeyer took
a pass from Brandi Doss and buried the game-winning marker to send
NKU to the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship game.
game started out slowly, with the Greyhounds (11-5-2) outshooting
the Norse (15-2) by just a 3-1 margin in the first half. NKU
started to pour on the pressure in the second half, forcing Indianapolis
goalkeeper Abby Tracy to make three big saves in the second stanza
to preserve the scoreless tie through full-time.
NKU's best chance
of the day came in the 93rd minute when Jessica Page was taken
down inside the 18-yard-box by an Indianapolis
defender to set up a penalty kick for Amanda Mason, who sent
her shot high
of the goal to keep the game alive.
Hofmeyer's tally came after
a corner kick opportunity. Doss sent a ball high for a header by
Caitlyn Mueller, who had her
saved. A clearance by the Indianapolis defense came back
out to Hofmeyer,
who found Doss for a second chance. When the defense turned
that opportunity away as well, Doss found Hofmeyer again,
a shot high to the corner for the game-winner.
The Norse now
advance to the GLVC final for the first time since 2005, when they
defeated Southern Illinois Edwardsville,
to take their sixth GLVC title. NKU will face the winner
of the second
semifinal between tournament host Wisconsin-Parkside and
Drury. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern.