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Georgetown College women's soccer is off to its best start in program history (that the staff knows of) and Tuesday evening reached another milestone. The No. 24 Tigers (8-1-2) cracked the NAIA Coaches' Poll Top 25 for the first time ever. Over the past several seasons under coach Leah Crews Castleman, GC has flirted with being in the poll by receiving votes but never climbed the pinnacle to be officially ranked.
"It's great to get the respect and recognition from other coaches around the league," Castleman said. "Now the pressure is on because we really have to work and continue to stay in the rankings."
Georgetown came out on a tear, winning six straight – a program-best under Castleman. The current mark of 8-1-2 through 11 games is an interesting reflection of how the program has progressed under the Georgetown alumnus. Her first season, 2008, after 11 games the Tigers were 2-8-1.
Georgetown College women's soccer played a third straight overtime add in the chill and raining conditions along with a scare in pregame and you have a recipe for disaster. However, the Tigers, receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches' Poll showed once again the resolve I takes to battle in the Mid-South Conference.
GC and University of the Cumberlands played to a 0-0 draw after the full 90 minutes and two 10 minute extra sessions.
The game, played at Toyota Stadium, was originally set for Williamsburg, Ky. but changed venues Friday with the weather from Joaquin leaving the Patriots field unplayable.
For the second time in just under a week the Georgetown College women's soccer team needed extra time. This time the Tigers, receiving votes in the most recent coaches' poll, scored five minutes into the second overtime when Emily Conner hit Lindsey Dunn on a sprint. The junior out ran a St. Catharine defender and put the game away.
"I'm extremely proud of my girls for overcoming the elements to get the big conference win," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "It was frustrating at times getting good chances and not finishing, but we kept our heads and got the job done."
Georgetown improves to 8-1-1 and 3-1 in Mid-South Conference action. The Patriots fall to 3-6 and 1-2. This game was originally set for Springfield, Ky. However, Tuesday's rain made SCC's field a swamp. With the turf field at Toyota Stadium the decision was made Wednesday morning to swap sites.
Danielle Lang pitched a shutout against No. 19 Cumberland University and then made several big saves in a tie with Asbury to help Georgetown College women's soccer to a 1-0-1 week.
For her efforts she earned Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors, the second time this season the junior has been recognized, the league announced Monday afternoon.
"Danielle has worked really hard during the offseason to be prepared for this fall and that hard work, without a doubt, has been apparent in all of our games thus far," said GC assistant coach Kayla King. "She is faster, stronger and more equipped to hand the rigors of our conference and our season. She has made big saves for us while still being mentally strong and focused for 90 minutes."
They are called trap games for a reason. Georgetown College women's soccer team came off a win over Mid-South Conference foe No. 19 Cumberland University. Riding the high, the Tigers (7-1-1) needed to find a way to refocus for an in-state rival Asbury University Thursday night. The Eagles (5-2-1) were coming in on a five-game winning streak and this game had veteran coach Leah Crews Castleman concerned.
With a goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation, Georgetown forced two overtimes and left with a 1-1 tie.
"I'm more proud of my team tonight, than I was Tuesday beating a ranked opponent," Castleman said. "Tonight, we played down for the first time outside of the game with No. 1 Lindsey Wilson. We didn't get rattled."
|(24) Georgetown at||7:00pm|
|Point Park University||EST|
|Shawnee State University at||2:00pm|
|(16) Campbellsville University at||6:00pm|
|Ohio Christian University at||5:30pm|