Georgetown College women’s soccer faced a familiar foe Wednesday evening in the misty rain at Toyota Stadium. University of Rio Grande came to town. The once Mid-South Conference team gave everything it had, pushing the Tigers (4-2) to the limit in a 3-1 victory.
While the rain slowed some of the pace of the game and made passing tricky at times, Jodi DeJohn and Bethany Massey were able to score – helping Georgetown back to its winning ways.
Rebounding from a tough road loss, the Tigers showed determination in the first 25 minutes. DeJohn broke loose and worked around a pair of RedStorm (1-4) defenders on her way to blasting a shot past Andrea Vera. The goalie made a nice dive, but could not get enough power on her push to keep it from the back of the net.
Barely a minute later, action ramped up inside the Rio 18. This time Massey pursued the play and finished a clear attempt for a goal. Kelsey Lee tried to chase the free ball that got away from Vera, but her clear off the line was only a momentary stop as Massey was on her heels for the game-winning goal. Lee’s fortitude showed up late in the first half when she elevated against GC goalie Megan Martin to finish a corner from Olivia Slone.
The intensity remained high for most of the next 50-plus minutes until DeJohn broke free again inside the final minute of play. The senior scooted the ball wide of her defender and with pinpoint accuracy connected on the cushion goal with 48.8 showing on the game clock.
“(Rio coach) Tony (Daniels) is doing a great job with that program,” said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. “They have some nice players and work hard.
“I’m pleased with the result, especially in the weather conditions. We kept our composure and played our game, despite a lot of shots not falling.”
The Tigers took 18 shots, 10 on frame, while allowing just eight shots total for the RedStorm. Martin played the full game and came up with some huge diving saves to keep her team ahead. GC is back in action 2 pm Monday hosting another former MSC opponent West Virginia Tech.
by Jenny Elder