---Lauren Franzen (right) receives congratulations after scoring her first goal Sunday during a 3-2 win over Bellarmine in the GLVC Tournament. Franzen also added a second-half goal for the Norse.

WILDER, Ky. - Lauren Franzen scored two goals Sunday afternoon as the Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team posted a 3-2 win against Bellarmine in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

Franzen struck early, knocking in a shot off a rebound at the 3:30 mark to give NKU (14-2) a 1-0 lead. Brandi Doss extended the Norse advantage to 2-0 at the 36:41 mark by finding the back of the net from 17 yards off assists from both Kendall Day and Jessica Page.

Franzen made it a 3-0 NKU lead less than a minute into the second half by sending a 15-yard shot past Bellarmine goalie Alison Von Hoene off an assist from Day. It was the eighth goal of the season for Franzen, a Campbell County High School graduate.

Bellarmine (11-6-2) battled back by scoring two goals in the final 14 minutes of regulation. Lauren Triplett struck at the 76:14 mark, and Amanda More added a goal just two minutes later to make it 3-2.

NKU’s defense stiffened after allowing the two goals, and the second-seeded Norse advanced to the GLVC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2005.

NKU finished with a 20-12 advantage in shot attempts, but Bellarmine won the battle of corner kicks by an 8-6 margin. Norse goalie Angela Healy recorded five saves in notching the victory.

NKU will travel to Kenosha, Wis., on Friday to meet Indianapolis at noon (Eastern time) in the GLVC Tournament semifinals. Top-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside is the host for the semifinals and championship.

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