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Boys improve record

Take wins over Pickens, Rabun

POSTED: March 4, 2014 4:33 p.m.

The Dawson County varsity boys' soccer team improved its record to 3-1 with wins over Pickens County, 7-0, and Rabun County, 6-0, last week.

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 10 in Class AAA.

The Feb. 25 game at home against Pickens got of hand quickly.

Two goals within the first 10 minutes jump started the Tigers to a 2-0 advantage.

Brandon Lund scored the first goal at the 36:15 mark on an assist by Cole Edwards.

Lund returned the favor to Edwards exactly five minutes later. Edwards picked up his first goal this season on an assist by Lund.

Head Coach Jed Lacey's team added one more goal before halftime by Jacob Miller, his first goal this season, on an assist by Randy Schultz.

Dawson County poured it on in the second half with goals by Cole Edwards, Alan Sanchez, Lund and David Velasquez.

Lund picked up three assists in the half.

Goalie Brooke Fulford pitched a shutout, his second of the season.

"We are hitting on all cylinders right now. We are playing so much as a team with our passing and communicating on the field, it is the best I have seen in my seven years here," Lacey said. "We played well in the midfield with Jacob Miller, Alan Sanchez, Logan Hurst, Sal Mendoza, Drew Bishop, Schultz and Josh Litherland taking turns controlling the middle of the pitch."

On Feb. 28 the Tigers made the long trip to Rabun County to face the Wildcats.

It was worth the trip with Dawson County picking up three goals in each half to take the six-goal victory.

Lund scored his fourth goal of the season from an assist by Sanchez that gave Dawson County a 1-0 lead.

Hurst's, first goal of the season, and Edwards added goals to allow the Tigers to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. David Velasquez got the assist on the Hurst goal, and Lund had the assist on the Edwards' goal.

Dawson County continued the offensive pressure in the second half, adding goals by Schultz, Sal Mendoza and Velasquez. Mendoza's goal came on a penalty kick.

At goalie, Fulford attained his third shutout of the season.

"It was a great win tonight," Lacey said. "We are just playing so well together. Our passing is spot on right now. We are playing so unselfish and playing the game to perfection. The players are having fun out there playing together. We are getting everyone in right now and building even, more depth than we have been playing with. We have our rotation down to where we can rest everyone during the first half so we can have gas for the second."

Up next will be a home game against No. 8-ranked Cartersville in Tigers Stadium this at 7:30 p.m. Friday.




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