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Georgetown College men's soccer team found the back of the net late against national power Notre Dame College Saturday, something fourth-year coach Derek Willis felt would be good for his young team.
"Seeing the ball go into the goal can do wonders," Willis said. "We've been knocking on the door with really good shots all season. While the goal wasn't a factor in that game Saturday, it definitely helped Wednesday against Berea."
The Tigers (1-3) netted three goals before 20 minutes lapsed on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Mountaineers (0-5). Sophomore Taylor Shaver, who was the offensive leader this past year with four goals, netted his first collegiate hat trick in the first half.
The Shelby County native scored the first one on a break away in a one-on-one with Berea's Caleb Stringer. He put it in the back of the net, opening an onslaught of scoring in the first 45 minutes. Shaver got his second from an assist by Daniel Drake, and then netted his third on a high arching shot as Stringer came off his line.
Shaver assisted another goal as well. The sophomore controlled a miss and sent a shot just a bit high, hitting off the post and falling at the feet of Wes Jones. Jones one-touched the shot into the back of the net.
In the second half, Stephen Johnson scored the fifth goal off a free kick. The senior bent the shot from the left wing about 30 yards out. The score remained 5-0 for much of the second half until Willis brought a fresh group of players.
Senior Jonathan Tate scored his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute. The Madison Central product controlled a loose ball in the box and then pushed it out of the goalie's reach.
"This was a very good win for us," Willis said. "We took care of what we needed to and finally began to put the ball in the back of the net, which is a huge confidence lifter going into some big games this weekend."
Storie Ratcliffe broke up the shutout in the final three minutes on a breakaway against Justin Davis. The Mountaineer pushed a shot around the Tiger keeper for the final 6-1 tally.
GC returns to action 8 pm Friday at Trevecca and then 4 pm Sunday at West Virginia Tech.