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Ending on a high note
Lady Tigers finish week with big win over North Hall
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Junior Ava Walker takes care of the ball on defense Friday night in the Lady Tigers 3-0 win over North Hall. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers soccer team finished the week strong after a tough start away at Forsyth Central that resulted in a 2-0 loss. The Lady Tigers were able to get it done at home on Friday against North Hall with a 3-0 win. Last week's play dropped them one spot to No. 4 in the state in Class AAA.

"This was the worst game played this year," said Head Coach Jed Lacey of the performance against Forsyth Central. "We were not ready to get pushed around and out hustled and I give Central all the credit."

The girls were shut out with Forsyth scoring on a free kick in the first and getting their second goal at 35:56 in the second half.

"I saw that we still have to make a few more changes in our line up to make a serious run at state," Lacey said. "We have the players to be a very good team."

During Friday night's contest the girls played well with senior midfielder Tina Libao scoring on a long shot at 24:08 on an assist from junior Ava Walker.

"Tina Libao is now back at holding mid and man she looks good," Lacey said. "She controls the bottom of our midfield and is so good sending passes out and her vision is incredible seeing the whole field. Tina is physical and her soccer IQ is second to none."

Goal keepers sophomore Ashley Stanfill and freshman Fallan Lacey combined for the sixth team shutout of the season.

"They have only given up three goals all year and with that production back there, you feel you have a chance to win every game," Lacey said.

Junior Mackenzie Callas scored her third goal of the season at 15:04 on an assist from freshman Rachael Rajczak.

"I loved the play of our forwards tonight with Mackenzie Callas, Rachel Rajczak and Emily Queen. They played tonight the way I expected," Lacey said.

Callas returned the favor and assisted Rajczak on her second goal of the season at 3:36 in the second.

Lacey praised the defensive play of Jessica Chambers, Walker and the returning Devon Coates. Coates made her first start since her season ending injury during the state playoffs last year.

"She (Chambers) is an excellent defender and showed that tonight with her speed shutting down everything on the outside," Lacey said.

The girls head to Savannah this weekend for the spring soccer trip, where they will face Savannah Arts Academy (currently ranked No. 3 in state AAA) and Islands.