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Georgetown College women's soccer season came to an end Wednesday afternoon in the Mid-South Conference semifinals to No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College.
"If we want to accomplish what we want to accomplish, at some point we are going to have to go through them," said Tiger coach Leah Crews Castleman. "They got up quick, but I think we played a much better second half. Sarah (Henke) made good on her opportunity and gave us life there in the second."
The freshman scored GC's only goal in the 4-1 loss. The Tigers have had a solid season with another double-digit win tally at 10-7. With the addition of Cumberland University the conference got even stronger this season as the Tigers finished fourth in the league. It is the first time since 2008 GC has not advanced to the tournament finals. It is the fourth straight year the team has been knocked out by Lindsey.
Injures derailed an early energy, but Georgetown still managed to give the ranked teams it played a tough match and even defeated NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. Three of the teams seven losses came in overtime and two of those were in the waning seconds of double overtime. Four teams scored more than two goals in a game - all were either ranked, receiving votes or an NCAA Division II opponent.
"We really started strong against Mount Vernon Nazarene," Castleman said. "Got an unlucky break there with less than a minute remaining in the second overtime, but we learned from that and played really well.
"There are no excuses and injures happen to everyone, but it is hard to gain traction and rhythm when a lot of the players that would control the game for you are nicked up or having to sit. I hate this for our seniors. They have been such an amazing group and so important to the changing of the culture of our expectations. It will be hard without them, but hopefully the underclassmen have learned from them and we continue to make strides every season."
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