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Rivalry games can be just as much mental as the physical task to being victorious. Georgetown College women's soccer knows that all too well in battling Campbellsville University these past several games. The Tigers (9-6) shrugged it all off and rallied from a goal down to beat CU 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament.
"It took a lot of heart and courage to battle a team who has been in our heads and come out on top," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "These girls are warriors and champions. They knew it wasn't time for their season to be over."
Campbellsville, winners the past two games against GC including the first-ever win in 2012 in double overtime, scored first. The goal not only gave CU the lead, but also took out Georgetown's freshman goalie. Danielle Lang, who has been one of the conference's best keepers, collided with a Campbellsville player. The hard play knocked her from the game.
Lang was taken to the hospital just 20-plus minutes into action with her team trailing 1-0.
"It is hard to have that happen, but we are all just as confident in Brittney (Moshos) as we are Danielle," Castleman said. "Those two are probably starters on any other team, but it is nice to have them battling for our team. Brittney played the rest of the game and was huge for us."
The freshman had eight saves and kept Georgetown in the hunt after Sam Amend equalized the game.
The junior scored her eighth goal just shy of two minutes after CU took the lead. The game remained a stalemate until just less than three minutes remained.
Georgetown has been dangerous all season on set pieces and it was no different with 2:55 remaining in the match. Campbellsville gave up a corner kick. Tara Joseph set the ball and sent it in, finding Amend for her second goal and the victory.
"We stepped up, plain and simple," Castleman said. "We studied our opponent hard and stayed focused all week to prepare. It was a total team effort. Sam got the job done in the end and young players were called upon and answered the call.
"All these ladies are so coachable. They execute everything I ask and do it well. They are amazing."
Georgetown punched its ticket for a rematch with Lindsey Wilson College 3:30 pm Thursday in Columbia.
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