The No. 4 ranked Dawson County girls soccer team ended last week with an important region win over East Hall at DCHS thanks to a pair of goals by freshman Emily Queen.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead over the Lady Vikings with additional goals by freshman Tina Libao and sophomore Taylor Bennett.
Sophomore McKay Shively added the fifth and final goal as Dawson earned a 5-0 win to improve to a 11-1 record overall and 3-0 in the region.
Dawson head coach Jed Lacey said the Lady Tigers are getting close to hitting on all cylinders.
Being such a young team we have moved players around, Lacey said, trying them in different positions to see what combinations work the best.
The coach is looking forward to what the future holds with sophomores McKay Shively and Taylor Bennett anchoring the outside of the formation.
We will have the best outside players in the region this year and the next two years coming, Lacey said.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers earned a 7-0 victory over Region 8-A foe Lakeview Academy.
Shively earned the hat-trick with two goals in the first half and another in the second.
Dawson also had goals from Isabella Elliott, Queen, Riley Cox and Bennett, while senior goalkeeper Kenna Seitz earned the shutout.
The girls will travel to Homer this Friday to battle the Lady Leopards of Banks County (2-13) at 5:30 p.m.
It was an intense week of competition for the Dawson County varsity boys squad as the No. 4 ranked Tigers topped Lakeview Academy, but fell to East Hall on penalty kicks.
Senior Jose Miranda was the hero for Dawson during Senior Night last week as the midfielder scored a goal with three seconds remaining in the game.
The 40-yard free-kick was Mirandas seventh goal of the season and gave the Tigers a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of the home crowd.
After battling to a 0-0 halftime score, Lakeview went ahead 1-0 with 30 minutes remaining in the second period.
Salvador Mendoza and Brandon Lund then gave the Tigers the lead before Lakeview tied the game with four minutes to play, setting up Mirandas last-second shot.
Later in the week, Dawson fought to the end against an East Hall team that escaped with a 1-0 win only after the game had to be decided with penalty kicks.
After allowing no goals in regulation or both overtime periods, Dawson junior goalkeeper Brooks Fulford earned his ninth shutout of season to break the school record.
In the intense Region 7-AAA matchup, East Hall (7-3-1) pushed the game to 11 rounds of penalty kicks and notched one more PK than Dawson: 8-7.
Next up, the Tigers (10-1 overall and 2-0 in the region) will hit the road to take on Banks County (4-10-1) this Friday at 7:30 p.m.