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Georgetown College women's soccer's wait is over. Monday afternoon the NAIA office announced the 2015 pairings for the upcoming 31-team format tournament. One team receives a bye in the opening round played at host sites this Saturday.
The Tigers (13-3-3) finished the year ranked No. 22 with losses to No. 1 Lindsey Wilson College and twice to Campbellsville University which was ranked No. 16 and No. 15 at the times of those contests. Both those teams are in the upcoming tournament.
Georgetown played five double-overtime matches and one overtime match for a 3-0-3 mark in those games. The team started out winning six straight, a program best under coach Leah Crews Castleman.
Georgetown College women's soccer turned away opportunity after opportunity in the Mid-South Conference semifinals. Unfortunately, No. 15 Campbellsville University made the No. 20 Tigers (13-3-3) pay in the 78th minute.
It was the lone score of the game as CU (18-1) advances to next week's finals against Lindsey Wilson College. This finishes Georgetown's run at a conference title, but with a No. 20 ranking now must sit and wait to see if they get an at-large bid for the upcoming national tournament and continue the 2015 season.
Calm under pressure is certainly a title this 2015 Georgetown College women's soccer team has earned. The No. 20 Tigers (13-2-3) needed overtime with their season on the line in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament. Nothing new for the team that played five double overtime affairs, four in a row, winning two and tying the other three.
GC answered the call again, knocking off St. Catharine College (8-11) with a Sarah Hencke goal just more than four minutes into the first overtime.
"We had great chances all night and couldn't get one to go," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "But we continued to persevere as we have done all season. Teams always play their best at tournament so I don't want to take anything away from St. Catharine, they played a great game."
The Mid-South Conference held the women's soccer postseason banquet Wednesday night, honoring the young women and teams that have battled it out this season.
The No. 20 Georgetown College Tigers were well represented for on field and off the field dedication.
"I am very proud of my players, and I think the honors were well deserved," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "It is hard to get recognition in a conference with three, at times four, nationally ranked teams. We are a national powerhouse conference and only 17 players out of 200 or more get first team honors, 17 more for second team.
"To have players named to those groups is tremendous. I am especially proud of our 10 academic all-conference honors out of only 15 eligible. That's two-thirds of them earning a 3.25 or above. They are taking care of business in the classroom, which is first priority."
Postseason soccer begins as Georgetown College women's soccer wrapped up its best regular season under current coach Leah Crews Castleman. The No. 20 Tigers went 12-2-3, losing only to Mid-South Conference and ranked teams No. 1 Lindsey Wilson College and No. 16 Campbellsville University. Both were tight 2-0 losses. This gives the team a third-place finish and seed for the tournament at Lovers Lane Soccer Complex in Bowling Green, Ky.
The third-seeded Tigers will battle sixth-seed St. Catharine College (8-10) at 8:30 pm EST Thursday.
"This has been a season of firsts for this program – first 6-0 start, first two loss season, and perhaps the first season with five double overtimes – none of which resulted in a loss," Castleman said. "I have said all season that this is a special group and I believe we are ready to go into the tournament and turn heads."