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Dawson County Tigers show improvements despite early season losses
Lady Tigers soccer Feb. 21

Though school was canceled for both teams due to projections of bad weather, the Dawson County Tigers soccer team traveled to Habersham Central High School on Friday to take on the 6-A Raiders.

Lady Tigers

The Dawson County Lady Tigers lost to the Habersham Central Raiders 5-2 on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers struck first early, with a goal by junior and Georgia State commit Molly Muenchen. The goal happened within the first five minutes of the game starting.

After an on-field altercation between junior Zoe Hill and a member of the Raiders team, both players received red cards and were removed from the game. Hill will have to miss the next two games as a penalty for the red card.

After the Raiders responded with a goal of their own, the match remained tied until there were only 17 minutes left in the game. The Raiders then had four goals within nine minutes of each other, taking a 5-1 lead.

“Playing down a man really didn’t help us at all,” Head Coach Chess Hamby said after the game. “We were both playing down a man but I think it just played into their hand better. They were able to run us to death and we couldn’t overcome it.”

The Lady Tigers, refusing to give up, scored one more time before the end of the game. The goal, a contested header, was the second by Muenche.

Muenchen set the Lady Tigers all-time record for most goals in a season last Spring, with 36 of her own.

The (0-4-1) Lady Tigers will battle the Pickens High School Dragons on Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

Tigers

The Dawson County Tigers fell short against the Habersham Central Raiders on Friday night, losing the matchup 3-1.

The Tigers played without their starting goalie sophomore Gio Hernandez. According to Head Coach Patrick Muenchen, Hernandez has a moderate concussion that may sideline him for the remainder of the season.

The Tigers were down 2-0 at halftime when captain Michael Velazquez kicked off the second half with a goal from a free-kick.

The Tigers and Raiders played a physical, back and forth game for that point on. There were three yellow cards combined for both teams, and after an own goal by the Tigers, they would not score again. This is the Tigers sixth loss in a row for the season.

“I do feel like we’re getting stronger on defense,” Coach Muenchen said after the game. “We’re still trying to iron some things out on our midfield and our attack, but yeah, I think we’re getting better.”

The (0-6) Tigers face off against Pickens High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25th. 

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