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Girls shutout Pickens
Take down Dragons, 7-0
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Dawson County scored seven first half goals in a 7-0 shutout of Pickens High School Feb. 27 in Jasper.

The Lady Tigers are currently ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.

Freshman Tina Libao recorded a hat trick for the Lady Tigers. After picking up three goals in the game, the Libao has now scored seven goals this season.

Taylor Bennett got Dawson County on the board just a minute and 18 second into the match against the Dragonettes. Bennett took a pass from Jade Perry and blasted the ball past the Pickens goal keeper.

"Taylor Bennett did a great job from her outside mid position tonight. Even though she is only a sophomore she is the leader of this team. We are so young, but with Taylor's maturity level the younger girls gravitate to her and feed off her toughness and work ethic and it gives them someone to look to for understanding of how we are supposed to play Tiger soccer," Lacey said.

Libao scored two minutes later on a spectacular corner kick that bent right across the goal line.

"Tina Libao is so gifted. She is so athletic and plays the game so hard. Tina is a special player and it is scary for other teams to think she is only a freshman," Lacey said.

The Lady Tigers added five more goals before the halftime buzzer sounded. Due to the bitterly cold weather both teams elected to play a shortened second half.

Scoring for Dawson County were Jade Perry, her first goal this season, Isabella Elliott and Ivonne Maldonado, her first goal of the year.

In the goal for Dawson County was junior Suzanne Eckert.

The game marked Eckert's first shutout of the season.

"Suzanne Eckert did a great job in goal tonight and this is our third keeper we have used this year and all three have come been shutouts," Lacey said.

Dawson County has yet to give up a goal to an opposing team.

"I thought we played a good game tonight," said Lacey said. "I thought we did our job tonight, but I'm not totally happy with our execution. Yes, we scored seven goals in the first half and we did not score in the shortened 20 minute second half, but I thought our possession was so much better coming out of the half after we discussed what I wanted them to do."

On Friday the Lady Tigers will be matched up with a very strong Buford team.

The Lady Wolves are currently ranked No. 2 in Class AAA and is 5-0 on the season. The Lady Wolves have tallied 39 goals on offense, while only giving up one goal.

Friday's game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.