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Karson Pharris works against a Blessed Trinity player during last weeks home game. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Tigers' soccer team played its way to two ties last week, at two goals each-on the road against Flowery Branch and another at home against rival Blessed Trinity.

For Head Coach Jed Lacey, that is not good enough.

"We never should have been down two goals, but because we are a talented team and we have a team full of players with heart, we had the ability to come back," Lacey said. "We did not lose and I am glad for that but we should be winning these games."

During the away contest at Flowery Branch on Feb. 21, the Falcons scored both goals early in the game.

"We are doing what the girls do, we are starting too slow then in the second half we put it into gear and outplay our opponent," Lacey said.

With 23:45 in the first period, Dennis Pyetsukh was able to put one in the net and the Tigers would go to half down 2-1.

In the second period, Nathan Blythe scored his third goal of the season with 10:50 to play to tie the game.

Dillon Tierney had three saves on the night.

"We have our moments, but we have to string 80 minutes together against teams like Flowery Branch," Lacey said. "We are playing catch up too much lately."

Lacey said he was happy about the play of Patrick Rosales who had to come in at outside back.

"Patrick is a high-energy player who now gives us more depth which we need," he said.

On Feb. 24, the Tigers hosted rivals Blessed Trinity and again played to a 2-2 tie.

"I wanted this game," Lacey said.

Lacey again emphasized the slow start of the Tigers and the speed he would like to see them start with.

At around the 30-minute mark in the opening period, Tierney came up with one of his three saves against the Titans.

Also in the first period, Blythe was given a yellow card after a disagreement with a ref.

With 58 seconds in the first half, the Titans put in the first of their two goals on the night.

Blessed Trinity would add their second goal off a header at the 29:09 mark in the second half.

Pyetsukh broke away and hit at 24:04 to bring it to 2-1.

A call against Pyetsukh a short time later brought loud protests from the crowd and the coaches had to be carefully pulled away from each other as things grew heated on the sideline.

Tierney had another save with 13:07 to play and got the ball out ahead to Blythe who added his goal at 12:50.

Another Tierney save came with 3:03 to play and the Tigers held onto the tie.

"I do want to brag on our keeper Dillon Tierney," Lacey said. "He is turning himself into a top notch keeper. He is growing every game and because he is so athletic he is making tremendous saves for us. That kid is good."

Last week's games took the team to 3-0-3 overall and the Tigers are ranked No. 5 in Class AAA.

The team played Feb. 28 at Pinecrest Academy but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will play at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 3 at home against Walnut Grove.