PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville soccer teams showed the improvement being made in both programs despite losing a doubleheader to Georgetown College Wednesday night.
The women fell 2-0, while the men battled to a 4-2 decision.
The Pikeville women will return to Bob Amos Park at 4 p.m. on Saturday when they host Campbellsville in another Mid-South Conference contest. The men, meanwhile, are off until Sept. 29 when they entertain St. Catharine.
Women: The University of Pikeville women’s soccer team fell 2-0 Wednesday night, losing to conference rival Georgetown.
The Bears, who were kept in the game thanks largely to a strong performance by sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Schulte, struggled to get the ball across midfield for most of the night despite a relatively even split in possession.
Eventually, bad luck won out as Georgetown’s Bea Cameron saw her effort deflect off of a UPIKE defender and over Schulte’s head into the net.
It didn’t take long after that for the Tigers to make it a two-goal lead with a brilliant run capped off by a close-range screamer of a shot by Alessandra Jansen which sailed between Schulte’s legs.
Despite a change in policy by Head Coach Gary Wofford which saw the Bears send as many as six or seven players forward at a time, the Georgetown defense held firm to limit UPIKE’s chances on goal and preserve the shutout.
Pikeville (2-2, 0-1 in the MSC) had three shots on goal, all turned away by Kelsey Givens. Schulte saved 13 Tiger shots in the loss.
Men: Despite a promising attacking start the University of Pikeville men’s soccer team fell to Mid-South Conference rival Georgetown College 4-2 Wednesday.
The Bears had their fans thinking a first victory for Coach Shane Pulliam was possible when, in the fifth minute, Djemson Lormistois lined up to take a corner and noticed Georgetown keeper Stefan Iverson had come off his line. Lormistois expertly curled the ball from the corner flag to just inside the far post to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead in spectacular fashion.
The Bears’ jubilation was short-lived, as goals scored by Taylor Shaver and Ben Aspillaga in the next five minutes put Georgetown on top to stay.
UPIKE sophomore striker Chase Johnson bagged a consolation second goal late, but the Bears couldn’t get through what eventually became a seven-man defense put up by the Tigers.
Pikeville (0-4, 0-2 in the Mid-South Conference) had four shots on goal in the contest, netting two of them. Senior keeper Sheldon Thomas saved four of Georgetown’s eight shots.