The Lady Tigers came home victorious on Friday night after a thrilling matchup against the Calhoun High School Yellow Jackets. After 14 penalty kicks, the Lady Tigers triumphed with a final score of 8-7.
Going into overtime, the score was tied at 1-1. Dawson County freshman Daisy Vargas-Sanchez had scored her first career goal for the Lady Tigers during the first half of play.
“I’m just really proud of the girls for sticking through it,” Hamby said. “They were exhausted after regulation and then they had to go through two overtime periods. Then, the nerves of penalty kicks.”
The entire Lady Tiger starting lineup got a chance to kick penalties, with three players getting to kick twice. Junior Molly Muenchen and twin sisters Maggie and Piper Wright all put both of their penalty kicks in the back of the net. Piper Wright ended the game on her last attempt after a huge save by junior goalie Addison Hoard gave the Lady Tigers the advantage and opportunity to end the game.
After Piper Wright threw her hands into the air, she ran to her teammates, who were chanting and waiting to celebrate with her.
This comes after the Lady Tigers secured their first win of the season against the Pickens High School Dragons, beating the Dragons 5-0.
Muenchen had her first hat trick of the season, scoring three goals and junior Annie Gloeckner made the other two goals for the Lady Tigers.
“We’ve got a little bit of momentum built up,” Hamby said. “They’re playing well together and communicating even better together.”
The two victories this week have the Lady Tigers with a record of (2-4-1) going into region play. Coach Hamby said he thinks that his team is doing what they need to do and hopes that the results continue to come in their favor.
“I think we’ve used these non-region games the way we needed to use them,” Hamby said. “We developed some depth and we needed to get in better in-game shape. Hopefully, we’ll be able to carry that into region play and play at a high level.”
Region play began on Tuesday, March 3, when the Lady Tigers battled the Cherokee Bluff Bears at home. Results were unavailable as of press time Tuesday.
The Tigers fell short of achieving their first victory of the season against the Calhoun High School Jackets, losing in overtime 6-5.
The Tigers went into halftime with a lead of 5-3, but were unable to repeat any of their offensive production for the rest of the game.
Senior Michael Velazquez scored two of the first half’s goals, one of them a laser that left the Jacket’s goalie frozen as the ball flew past him. Velazquez also had the assist of two more of the Tiger's goals later in the match.
Freshman Santiago Galeano, sophomore Jose Sandoval and junior Erick Sanchez made up the rest of the Tiger’s first-half goals.
At halftime, the players were more than confident that they were going to capitalize on their early offense and leave Calhoun with their first victory of the season.
Throughout the second half, the offensive attack refused to slow down and a large portion of the Tiger’s shots at goal were either blocked or missed high.
On one attack, Velazquez took a shot from about 25-yards- away from goal, which ricocheted off of the crossbar. Sandoval got the ball back and fired off another screamer that the Calhoun defender dove in front of to keep out.
“If we could have got our offense going and scoring on those opportunities, it would have been a different story,” Head Coach Patrick Muenchen said. “There were about four or five good ones that should have gone in the net.”
Even though over time, the Tigers took plenty of shots that just missed the goal. And with just a few minutes left before the teams went to penalty kicks, the Jackets scored on a breakaway goal.
“We started off great here,” Muenchen said. “We played really hard and I think the guys saw that they could do it.”
With a 6-2 loss against the Pickens High School Dragons on Feb. 25, the Tigers go into region play with an (0-8) record.
Encouraged by the close game played against Calhoun, Muenchen said that continuity and keeping up the high pace of their offensive attack will be the keys for the team to perform well in region play.
The Tigers will face the Cherokee Bluff Bears Tuesday, March 3. Results were unavailable as of press time Tuesday.