The Dawson County High School varsity girls’ soccer team will enter the region tournament this week as the No. 3 seed from the North.
The Lady Tigers will travel to Commerce to face East Jackson, who finished No. 2 in the South, today at 6 p.m.
East Jackson comes into the game with a 7-4-0 record. Dawson finished the season with an overall record of 8-5.
“These girls are ready to go. Lets get to the region playoffs and let the chips fall where they may,” said Head Coach Jed Lacey.
Dawson ended the regular season with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 9-ranked Union County on March 29.
The game was senior night for the Lady Tigers.
Playing their last regular season game at Tiger Stadium were: Ashley Avery, Sydney Crumley, Katie Pritchard, Amanda Sheriff and Erin Gordon.
Senior managers for the team are Savannah Browder and Brigid Scully.
The Lady Panthers scored at the 5:38 mark of the first half to take an early 1-0 lead.
Lacey’s group regrouped and played excellent defense for the remainder of the game.
Dawson had several chances to score, however great saves by the Union goalie kept them off the board.
The score at halftime was 1-0, in favor of the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Tigers’ best opportunity of the game came with just 16 seconds remaining.
Brittany Duffy took a free kick and launched a shot at goal.
The Union goalie tipped the ball, which hit the upright. It seemed to cross the goal line but the Lady Panther goal keeper covered up the ball and the referee deemed it no goal.
Lacey’s offense had a great second half. The Lady Tigers continued to mount pressure against Union County. The team had 17 shots on goal compared to seven for the Lady Panthers.
“I love these girls, they give me everything they got. We get better every game and we are not done getting better yet,” Lacey said.
“I cannot say enough about what Kenna Seitz has meant to us in goal this year. She makes so many good saves every game. The defense that sits in front of her, run by Emily Stowers, is really coming of age. Emily and Brooke Shively play so well together. They are so smart and intense and rarely make mistakes,” Lacey added.