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Girls face tough test

Remain perfect with 4-0 record

POSTED: March 12, 2013 4:48 p.m.

It was Dawson County's toughest test of the season at Jackson County last week.

The Lady Tigers soccer team matched up with a skilled Lady Panther squad.

Both teams came into the contest with undefeated records, Jackson County was 4-0 and Dawson County was 3-0.

The girls team is currently ranked No. 5 in Class AAA.

On a very wet field, Dawson County prevailed 4-3 to run its record to 4-0 on the season.

"Playing a very good team like Jackson County was a great test for us to see who we are," said Head Coach Jed Lacey.

The game was very physical in the wet conditions.

Jackson County got on the board first on a breakaway by Lady Panther Katie Phillips only two minutes into the game, it was the first goal given up by the Lady Tigers this season.

Quickly Dawson County answered.

Jade Perry scored with 36:08 remaining in the first. Perry took a pass from Emily Queen and deposited the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at one apiece.

The Lady Panthers answered with another breakaway goal by Phillips at the 11:47 mark that gave Jackson County a brief 2-1 lead.

Dawson County bounced back on a goal by Lady Tiger Taylor Bennett only a minute and half later. Bennett scored on a corner kick by freshman Tina Libao.

"After the rain no one could get their footing and we got beat on a couple of breakaways with our defenders slipping in the mud and it turned into a one-on-one situation on our keeper. The good part is when they scored we scored right back," Lacey said.

The Lady Tigers took the lead early in the second half on a pass from Libao to Queen. Queen scored to give the Lady Tigers a 3-2 advantage.

Jackson County kept playing hard. Coach Joe Ridgeway's team scored its third goal, tying the game with 31:22 remaining in the game, on a free kick.

Time was running out on the Lady Tigers when McKay Shively found teammate Riley Cox for the winning goal with only nine minutes left to remain undefeated on the season.

"I thought Summer Armstrong and Sam Keeney did a great job once we got our footing in marking Jackson County's strikers. We have so much speed back there on defense and we learned after putting in freshman Madison Callas later in the game because of an injury that we have got even faster. Put all that speed back there with the soccer intelligence of Anna Hawkins and we are in good shape on defense for the next few years," Lacey said.

Dawson County will travel to Jekyll Island this weekend for the Tournament of Champions soccer event from Thursday through Saturday.

The schedule for the weekend will be as follows: 7 p.m. Thursday against Cedar Shoals (1-6); 3:20 p.m. Friday against Aquinas (4-2) and 8 a.m. Saturday against Richmond Academy (4-2).

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