The Dawson County High School boys and girls soccer teams faced off against White County on Tuesday, March 15, with the boys team winning 2-0 and the girls team falling 10-0.
Each team faced very different styles of play, with the boys team finding success by retaining possession against a Warriors team that was focused on defending at all costs.
“We have been working on passing a lot in practice and I challenged the guys to bring it into the game,” boys team head coach Patrick Muenchen said. “I was really glad to see that...we had everybody contributing on the team.”
The Tigers set out aggressively to begin the match, setting up scoring chances early and allowing occasional counterattacks by White County.
As the first half progressed, Dawson County’s defense settled in and allowed the team to keep the ball for long periods of time.
Fourteen minutes into the match, Hector Tenorio Camacho glided down the right wing and took a shot from 30 yards out that flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
After a host of close calls, the score at halftime remained 1-0.
The Tigers would increase their offensive push in the second half and had more shots on goal, but could not break through for another 26 minutes.
Once again, it was Tenorio Camacho who would score, curling in a shot to secure the team’s fifth win of the season.
Late in the game, the Warriors attempted to mount a comeback but were unable to find consistent possession. Their frustrations culminated during a late-game incident where two of their players were shown a red card and sent off.
“Part of [our success] was that we moved the game up to the other side and pressured high,” Muenchen said. “When you pressure high, it causes the other team to unload it quickly and turn the ball over.”
With the win, the boys team hold a record of five wins, five losses and two draws.
The girls team faced much stiffer competition, with the Lady Warriors coming into Tuesday's match with 10 wins out of 12 matches.
While goalkeeper Emma Faircloth made several saves during the match, the White County team kept the pressure on and converted most of the chances they created.
The Lady Tigers fell to a record of three wins, five losses and three draws after the loss.
“White County is fast and have the best shot we have probably seen all year,” girls head coach Chess Hamby said. “We just gotta keep getting better and we gotta focus on ourselves, regardless of who we play.”
The boys and girls soccer teams place their next matches at North Hall on Friday, March 18.