Dawson County varsity boys' soccer shutout Fannin County Friday night at home for a strong start in region play.
"Now that is how you start a region season," said Head Coach Jed Lacey about the win. "I thought we came as close as you can to playing a flawless game."
The boys had no trouble controlling the game against a much improved Fannin team to come away with a 5-0 win.
Sophomore Dennis Pyetsukh scored the first two goals of the game on assists from senior Alan Sanchez at the 26:55 mark and from senior Jake Alvarado at 15:54.
"Watching the maturity level of senior Alan Sanchez and sophomore Dennis Pyetsuk putting this team on their backs was incredible," Lacey said. "It was great to get a game right out of the gate like that. They pushed and made us go and man did we."
Sophomore Sam Hoppal got in the game and scored his first career goal at 10:19 on a Sanchez assist.
"Kids like Sam are the type of kids you root for and make coaching fun," Lacey said. "He lays it on the line every time he steps on the field and he got rewarded for his hard work."
Sanchez finished out the scoring for the evening with goals at 19:36 and at 1:40 on a Cole Dennis assist.
Senior goalkeeper Ty Anglin had his sixth shutout of the season.
Lacey was pleased with the effort as the Tigers face defending state champions West Hall on Tuesday night. Results were not available as of press time.
"This was a complete team effort," Lacey said. "We could not have looked this good if everyone did not contribute. The defense looked great with Timmy Moody running things in the back on defense.
"We were hitting on all cylinders tonight and I was nothing short of proud of these young men and how they all did their jobs and handled their responsibilities tonight."
The Tigers are No. 4 in class AAA state rankings and they will take on rivals Lumpkin County at 7:30 on Friday at home.