After starting out with what Head Coach Jed Lacey called the worst half of soccer the Lady Tigers have played this year, Dawson County made the necessary adjustments and beat the North Hall Lady Trojans last Friday at home.
The 2-0 win was goal keeper Fallan Lacey's sixth shutout of the season and makes the Lady Tigers 10-1 on the year.
"The credit to the girls after making some adjustments and having a good talk at half," Lacey said. "We came out and played a half the way Dawson County plays soccer. We just had to wake up."
It looked like the game would go to half scoreless when Mackenzie Callas came up with her 13th goal of the season with 45 second left in the first period.
Lacey said it was a perfectly played corner on an assist from Rachel Rajczak.
"Callas and Rajczak just keep scoring," he said. "Those two are machines. The best is they feed off each other."
That goal before half was a lift to the Lady Tigers, giving needed confidence before bouncing back in the second period.
Despite the sluggish start for the offense, Lacey was pleased with the defensive play throughout.
"Our defense was lights out," he said. "I never really worried about North Hall scoring because of the way the back of our formation was playing. "Frankie Muldoon, Taylor Daniel, Ava Walker and Mackenzie Kimbarl played to perfection in the back and stopped almost all the North Hall attacks."
The second goal for Dawson County came at 19:10 in the second from Rajczak on an assist from Callas.
Lacey also continued to praise the play of several of his freshman players-specifically Katie Clouse and Kinsey Beaty.
"I have to mention how thrilled I am with freshman Katie Clouse our midfielder," he said. She has turned into an extremely good center mid.
"I do want to mention how well freshman Kinsey Beaty played...she gave great effort and was the only player making her own shots in the first half," he said.
This was the first region win for the Lady Tigers who are 10-1 overall and now 1-0 in Region 7-AAA. The team is also ranked No. 3 in the state.
Dawson County hosted Greater Atlanta Christian on March 21, but results were not available as of press time. The team will play Fannin County at 5:30 p.m. on March 24 in Blue Ridge.