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Ladies enter tourney as No. 2 seed

POSTED: April 29, 2014 5:03 p.m.
Jared Putnam DCN regional staff/

Dawson County’s Mackenzie Callas kicks the ball in front of East Hall’s Lauren Pope on April 22 at East Hall Stadium.

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The Lady Tiger varsity soccer team's April 22 game at East Hall was over early as the Lady Tiger soccer team scored four first half goals and four second half goals to defeat the Lady Vikings, 8-1.

The win locked up a No. 2 seed in Region 7-AAA for Dawson County. Buford captured the Region championship.

The No. 6-ranked Lady Tigers got first half goals from Riley Cox, Tina Libao (two scores) and McKay Shively to take a 4-1 halftime advantage. Libao's two goals moved her total to eight for the season.

Picking up assists were Madison Callas, Taylor Bennett, Kathryn Ryerse and Jessica Chambers.

Shively started the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 36:48 mark to put the game out of reach, 5-1. It was Shively's 12th goal of the season and came on an assist from Cox.

Freshman Mackenzie Callas scored the next three goals to seal the victory. Assists on Callas' goals came from Cox, Ryerse, Libao and Ivonne Maldonado.

In goal for Dawson County was Anela Melton.

"It was great way to end our regular season," Head Coach Jed Lacey said. "We have had the chance to play all 23 girls in the last two games. We had some girls step up big tonight with Mackenzie Callas, who is a freshman, starting to come into her own and understand how to play forward at the high school level. She has worked very hard in her development and it paid off for her tonight with scoring three goals."

Lacey said he is also glad to have Libao back at almost 100 percent, following injuries.

"Another player who has had to overcome injuries this year and is almost back at full strength is Tina Libao. Tina is a huge part of how we go. When Tina is on, we win. Tina is a fierce competitor with this great skill and she is back helping the younger players up front become better," he said.

Dawson County is now headed to the state tournament for the third year in a row. Up next for the Lady Tigers will be Ringgold.

"Ringgold is a very physical team with speed that we will have to shut down if we are going to get out of the first round," Lacey said.

The game with Ringgold will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Tigers Stadium.

Dawson County finished the regular season with a 12-2-2 record and a 6-1 region record.

 

 

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