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Georgetown College women's soccer completed another stellar season Thursday evening with a Mid-South Conference tournament finals loss to Lindsey Wilson College, 3-0.
The No. 1 Blue Raiders scored just before halftime for the 1-0 advantage. It remained that way until the 61st minute, when LWC pushed in an insurance goal. Lindsey got its third goal with 12 minutes left, ending the Tigers' season in the finals for the third straight season.
However, each of the past four seasons under Leah Crews Castleman, the Tigers have gotten progressively better. GC tallied just six wins in 2008, going 3-2-1 in conference for fourth. The team followed that up by doubling its wins in 2009 with a 5-2 mark in MSC play and a third place season finish. GC hosted postseason that year and advanced to the finals with a penalty kick win over University of the Cumberlands and took Lindsey the distance as well before losing 5-4 in PKs.
This past season, the Tigers went 13-7 and 6-2 in the league, second overall, and this year they were 13-6-2 and 6-1 in the MSC. They controlled their own destiny for second place in the conference, losing only to No. 1 LWC.
"We did a lot of good things this year," Castleman said. "It is always a hard loss that ends the season, but now we get back to work for next year."
Senior Cathie Shaver was one of the bright spots. She worked her way into the starting lineup as a junior, and then this season was one of the best goalies in the nation. The Shelbyville native pitched 10 shutouts, earned Co-MSC Goalie of the Year honors, ranked No. 32 in total saves (113) and second all-time in saves per season at Georgetown behind Castleman's 116.
Junior Anna Ayers is another. She earned MSC first-team honors despite being injured off-and-on. She was No. 26 in the nation for shots per game with 2.63. Ayers finished with 11 goals to lead the Tigers, a tally that ties her for eighth in goals per season all-time at Georgetown.
"We had so many good players it is really hard to point anyone out," Castleman said. "We were a balanced, deep team this year. Of course Cathie and Anna finishing ranked nationally highlights them, but for the first-time ever we had six first-team all-conference honorees. Our athletes once again took their studies seriously. Eight were MSC All-Academic and of the five eligible for the NAIA honor, four will receive that award. It is never easy when a season ends, but we have a lot to look forward to, and we start working to be in the same position next year."