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Girls soccer gets underway with two home wins
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Dawson County girls' varsity soccer opened up their season last week with home wins over Hart County and Sonoraville.

The Lady Tigers easily handled Hart County on Feb. 9 with a 10-0 victory.

"This was a good early season win," said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "We got to play everyone and give some of our younger players time on the pitch."

Lacey said he felt the team started slow despite scoring eight goals in the first half.

Senior Brooke Cagle scored her first goal of the season on a Mackenzie Callas assist at 28:19. Cagle had a second goal in the first half as well.

Rachel Rajczak had two goals of her own, also in the first half of play. The first was on a Callas assist and the second on a Lydia Blythe assist.

Senior player Blythe scored three goals of her own, all in the second half of play.

"This team is really young with only five seniors on it," Lacey said. "There is a lot of leadership in the seniors and they are running point for us right now in showing the younger girls what it will take to win."

Lacey also said it was a good outing as far as seeing scoring from a number of players.

Freshman Katie Clouse got her first goal of the season on a Grace Sheer assist at the 21:37 mark.

Ruthie Pittman and Frankie Muldoon also added goals.

During the Feb. 10 home game against Sonoraville, the Lady Tigers won 6-1.

"This was the rematch of the opening round of state last year," Lacey said. "We put Sonoraville on our schedule because they are a top-10 program in the state and a very good team."

Lacey said this game would give the team an idea of where they are right now.

"I was really impressed in how fast we came out and our connections were spot on."

Rajczak scored four of the six goals, one coming on a corner kick.

"Rachel Rajczak is showing why she is one of the top forwards in the state in AAA," Lacey said. "She had four goals and two assists tonight against a very good team. Rachel is an elite player who never stops working."

Lacey said he was also happy with the way the defense shut down a tough Sonoraville offense.

Freshman Taylor Daniel was able to take on Sonoraville's top forward all game, according to Lacey.

"Senior center backs Devon Coates and Ava Walker who are one of the top center back combos in AAA showed again why teams will have to work hard to score on us," he said.

The girls' team is now 2-0. The Lady Tigers played at East Jackson on Feb. 14, but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will play at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Providence Christian Academy.