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Derek Willis knew he had the right players for his system, but breaking through the mental block can be tougher than the opponents on the field.
Georgetown College men's soccer has been right there for the past two seasons, but unable to put the goals in when it needed. That was not the case this week at home against two very solid opponents. The Tigers (1-2-1, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) scored early and took leads in both game this week. They tallied more goals at home in two games than all of this past season.
Off a header from Blaine Alexander, the Tigers picked up win one of the season, 1-0 over Mid-South Conference foe Bluefield College.
The Rams (2-4, 0-1) battled back and dominated a lot of the second half action, but GC held strong and got the win.
"I think it was huge for our confidence to have Taylor Shaver score those two quick goals against Kentucky Wesleyan the other night," Willis said. "Even though we were playing our second game in less than 48 hours, we came out on fire again.
"They were not going to lose today. I didn't see that a lot this past year. We would get leads and then there was always that moment of trying not to lose rather than playing to win. I never saw that today or even in our tie Thursday with Wesleyan."
It was all Georgetown in the first 45 minutes. The Tigers took eight of their 10 shots and scored in the 39th minute of action. GC is having great success on set pieces, with its third score of the season coming off a cornerkick. Matthew Murphy put the ball into the air and Alexander put a head on it for all the scoring the Tigers needed.
GC returns to action Wednesday as it heads to University of Rio Grande and then stays on the road with a showdown with Cincinnati Christian Saturday.