The end of April meant a hotly contested finale to the first round of soccer state playoffs for the Dawson County High School boys' team.
In what was mostly a defensive contest, the Tigers were able to come away with a win over the North Murray Mountaineers, 1-0.
The sole goal of the game came at the 20:09 mark in the first half by Nathan Blythe on an assist from Dennis Pyetsukh.
"This was not our best game, but we will take it," said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "We did not play as a team at all today up front."
Senior goal keeper Ty Anglin earned his ninth shutout of the season despite the onslaught of shots on goal.
"Defensively we did a very good job. Goalkeeper Ty Anglin did an amazing job and made about three saves that could have tied it up. We will have a chance in every playoff game because we have Ty in goal."
Alan Sanchez was upended near the end of the first half and was subbed out limping. He was downed multiple times to much protest from the home crowd.
"I thought we were the home team!" yelled one fan from the stands during a quiet moment on field.
In the second half, Anglin continued his staunch stand from the net with huge saves on shots from the determined Mountaineers.
Nick Murphy got a yellow card and came out to a livid crowd and an unsuccessful attempt on a penalty kick by North Murray.
As the clock wore down, so did the patience and hope of the Mountaineers and the sense of urgency grew.
Dawson worked to keep their opponents off the offensive end of the field until about 10 seconds was left on the clock and the building frustration was too much and a fight broke out.
Referees stopped the clock to sort out the mess while coaches and players congregated on the field.
After a brief conference, senior Alan Sanchez was assessed a red card and left the field irate. Sanchez will not play in the next two games, which means it could have been his last as a Dawson County Tiger.
The team would have to make it to the final four for him to play again.
"We got past round one and now on to round two. It won't get any easier," Lacey said.
Dawson County is now 13-3-1 overall and have earned a spot in the sweet sixteen. The Tigers next game was against Rutland at home, but results were not available as of press time.