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Georgetown College men's soccer saw its season come to an end Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament. The Tigers (5-13-1) got behind early but continued to battle and cut the deficit in half before falling 4-1 in Campbellsville.
"We had a good season, especially inside our conference, and you hate to see it end this way," said GC coach Derek Willis. "I was proud of the guys all season for never giving up and that was true tonight as well. With roughly 10 minutes left we were a goal from tying it, but unlucky bounces salted the game away for Campbellsville."
In a nine minute span early in the first half, CU (16-2-1) netted all the offense it needed. On a wild transition off a Georgetown corner kick, Campbellsville put itself up 1-0. Those Tigers used a similar fast break attack just shy of nine minutes later to be up 2-0.
Georgetown played a man down the entire second half after a late red card following a foul in its defensive third. The Tigers kept CU scoreless, but struggled to find their own opportunities until John Cothran had a run in the box. He was fouled and awarded a penalty kick in the 82nd minute.
The senior calmly stepped up and netted the shot, giving renewed life to Georgetown.
"It is always a wild game there," Willis said. "We never felt out of the game."
Unfortunately, CU scored two more goals in the final eight minutes. The first came after a save by Matthew Oster. The rookie keeper then had the ball stolen by Alex Ryan, who netted his second goal of the game.
A few minutes later, Lewis Fyfe got free in the box and finished the game off.
Georgetown finished the season with five wins, three in the national powerhouse conference. The Tigers scored five more goals than a season ago with 22, but more importantly allowed just 37. In 2012, GC had 62 goals scored against. With the addition of Oster and the solid back line of Matt Huff, Cody Hill, Kyle Wright, Travis Swan, Matthew Murphy and Cothran, Georgetown proved to be very formidable on defense. The Tigers graduate several offensive weapons, but do return Aaron Stover, five goals in 2013, and Hunter Conner, three goals.
Willis will once again look to a spring season of workouts on iHigh.com Field to help improve upon the foundation of this season.