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For Scott County High School junior Alicia Ducett, it is never too early to make a college decision. Several factors played a role in her decision recently to continue her athletic career as the first signee of the 2012-13 Georgetown College women's soccer team.
"I wanted to stay close to home," Ducett said. "And when I went and practiced with Georgetown, they were very inviting and very welcoming to me. It's really exciting."
Tiger coach Leah Crews Castleman has also seen the senior-to-be in her Adena Futbol Club program and is excited about the possibilities she brings at the central midfielder position.
"What's most impressive about Alicia is her ability to put the long ball on frame," Castleman said. "The quickness of her shot is also impressive. Too bad I have to wait one more year. She worked out with us once earlier this year, and I think she may have scored more than our college players."
Both Ducett and Castleman have been a part of growing programs on the upswing. When Ducett first played at SCHS, the Cardinals were struggling to win a couple of games. In her three seasons, Scott County is 48-8-7 and knocking on the proverbial door of the district tournament. It has been a stone wall over the past three seasons as the Cards are looking for that first taste of success in postseason.
The Tigers, in Castleman's three seasons, have progressively improved, finishing fourth in the Mid-South Conference in 2008, third in 2009 and second in 2010. GC has found that success in postseason, taking national power Lindsey Wilson College to the brink in 2009 before falling in penalty kicks and returning the finals in 2010.
Maybe together these two can reach new heights for Georgetown in the coming years.