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Ladies team ranked No. 5

POSTED: March 4, 2014 4:34 p.m.

The No. 5 Class AAA Lady Tigers soccer team picked up two wins last week against Pickens County, 8-0, and Rabun County, 4-0.

Head Coach Jed Lacey's team hold a 2-0-2 record so far this season.

Up next for the Lady Tigers will be a very tough Cartersville team at 5:30 Friday night at Tigers Stadium.

The Feb. 25 game saw Dawson County take a 2-0 halftime lead on two goals from freshman Kathryn Ryerse. The first goal was on an assist by Meghan Picklesimer and the second on an assist by Taylor Bennett.

The goals were the first of Ryerse's career.

Dawson County scored six goals in the second half, led by McKay Shively with a hat trick (three goals), two goals by Taylor Bennett and a goal by Mckenzie Callas.

It was the first goal of Callas' career.

Picking up assists were Taylor Bennett, two, Shively and Riley Cox.

Anela Melton had a shutout in goal. It was the team's second shutout this season.

"We started off slow but finally got things going in the second half," Lacey said. "I was excited to see freshman Kathryn Ryerse get her first two goals of her high school career. It is good to see the younger girls step up so early in their careers and show they are not intimidated by their surroundings and play at a high pace and want to contributed on a very talented team."

In Tiger on Feb. 28, Dawson County ran into a tougher than expected Rabun County squad.

Dawson County scored a goal just 12 minutes into the game off the foot of sophomore Tina Libao. It was Libao's first goal of the season after coming back from a concussion. Shively picked up the assist.

The Lady Tigers had a tough time solving the Lady Wildcat defense for the remainder of the half.

Lacey's team came alive offensively in the second half with goals by Libao, Riley Cox and Brooke Cagle. Cox got an assist on Libao's second goal of the game.

Goalie Melton recorded her second shutout of the season.

"Well this game was not very good," Lacey said. "Every time we take two steps forward we seem to take one step back. We cannot find enough consistency as a team to get on a roll. The style that Rabun played contributed to our sloppy play with them packing eight girls behind the ball in the 18-yard area, but we are a better team and should have adjusted to what they were doing."



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