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On the road and without four starters, Georgetown College women's soccer coach knew her younger players were going to have to step.
"We started two freshmen," Leah Crews Castleman said. "I had four injured players that didn't make the trip."
The Tigers (1-0) came ready for a battle, though, winning 5-3 at Milligan College Wednesday. Anna Ayers, playing in her first regular season game since the 2009 Mid-South Conference tournament finals due to a season-ending injury this past year, turned up the heat with two goals. She started things off, tying the game at one midway through the first half. Her second goal was the last goal and the cushion GC needed to be victorious.
"She was a tornado on the field," Castleman said. "Her second goal, she dribbled 40 yards and created her own shot to put us on top for good."
Georgetown rallied three times before Taylor Fiest scored her first goal of the season for a 4-3 lead. The Buffaloes (0-1) took a quick 1-0 advantage, less than five minutes into the game. After Ayers first goal, MC recaptured the lead just five minutes before halftime. Two minutes later, Liz Yoder scored to make it 2-2 game heading into the break.
Milligan once again surged ahead 14 minutes into the second half, but Tara Joseph had seen enough.
"She was on the sidelines and she said, ‘We are not going to lose, put me back in.'," Castleman said. "With such fire from a sophomore, I wasn't about to keep her out. She went in and about five minutes later she scored the goal that gave us our first lead."
The Cincinnati, Ohio native received a short pass off a quick corner kick restart to find the back of the net for the first time this season.
Tigers return to action Saturday against Union College. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. in Barbourville.