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Anna Ayers netted a hat trick and Georgetown College women's soccer moved into second place in the Mid-South Conference with a 5-2 win Tuesday over University of the Cumberlands (7-9, 4-3 MSC).
The Tigers (9-5-2, 5-1 MSC) have just one league game left Saturday against Shawnee State, while Campbellsville University - also at 5-1 - has to play No. 1 Lindsey Wilson.
Ayers three goals put her at 10 for the season. The junior started off quickly, netting two goals in each of the first two games. She struggled through the middle portion of the season to find the back of the net, but of late found the rhythm again. She has scored five goals in the past two weeks.
"I have never been worried about Anna," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "She has been taking good shots all year, and she hit a stretch where goalies were making good saves. More than two-thirds of her shots have been on frame. It is her aggressive presence that allows our other shooters to find holes to get us goals."
Caitlin Williams got the game rolling finishing off a cross inside the six-yard line early in the first half. The 1-0 advantage appeared to be all the Tigers would need and get as they took control of the possession game.
However, Ayers first goal gave GC a bit of a cushion and then UC found life off a free kick with less than 25 minutes remaining. Danna Stringle took the kick and netted it high for a 2-1 game.
Ayers answered back four minutes later to give GC breathing room again. The Patriots looked to have a superb opportunity to pull the game back within one when Toni Dempsey took a penalty kick three minutes later.
However, Cathie Shaver made the save, keeping Georgetown up two. A crucial save as less than three minutes later, another free kick for UC made it 3-2. Ayers scored her third as she dribbled around defenders on the baseline and pushed the shot past Brittany Gadd. Alex Harbowy added the final tally, putting the game out of reach, with a penalty kick with less than eight minutes to play.
"This is a game similar to some of what I saw from our team earlier this season," Castleman said. "We had to battle a few times to get this win, and we never quit. It was different in we had the lead and had to maintain it, but yes it was like watching our first game of the season against Milligan. We just seemed hungry out there tonight and nothing was going to stop us."
Georgetown returns to action Saturday at Shawnee with a noon kickoff and then finishes the regular season on the road next Tuesday at Asbury.