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Goals all around as both Tigers soccer teams defeat Titans
Junior Sanchez runs toward the ball in the match against the Titans. Sanchez was a vital part of his team’s success through his performance as midfielder. - photo by Rio White

Both of the Dawson County High School soccer teams had victorious matches over Lake Oconee Academy on Friday, Feb. 11, with the girls team starting with a 1-0 win before the boys team went on an 8-0 mauling of the visiting Titans.

After freshman Melodie Martin had opened the season by scoring each of the girls team's first five goals, fellow first-year player Izzy Sheer scored to place a new person on the team scoresheet.

“I thought we took a good step in the right direction tonight,” head coach Chess Hamby said. “We had some scoring opportunities we hadn’t had in the last couple games…and I thought we possessed the ball a bit better.”

It took 35 minutes for that goal to break the early deadlock, but the Lady Tigers had been pressuring the opposing defense for some time.

Both Martin and Sheer had positioned themselves well into the final third of the pitch throughout the first half, but it was the latter who got through to score.

On a well-taken corner kick by junior Keyli Velasquez, Sheer found an opening in the defense and struck the ball on a half-volley.

Izzy Sheer (16) awaits a corner kick against Lake Oconee Academy. Sheer scored the lone goal for the Lady Tigers in that match. - photo by Rio White

With the lead at halftime, the Lady Tigers continued that momentum in the second half and had several more scoring opportunities and close calls. Martin had two shots on goal in the second half.

While no further goals were scored, there was clear separation in form between the two sides.

However large that separation may have been, there was a chasm between the performances of the Dawson County boys team and the Titans.

“It was one of our best games this year,” head coach Patrick Muenchen said. “Defense did a great job of shutting down their top player with double teams and high pressure. Our offense had several good attacks both individually and attacking in numbers.”

Just two minutes into the match, the Tigers had a shot on goal from senior Dylan Thompson, who would lay claim to the opening goal of the night just 10 minutes later.

A deftly weighted pass from freshman Junior Sanchez put Thompson through on goal, but whether the latter had the final touch to direct the ball into goal was a point of debate.

Either way, Sanchez’s impact on the game would continue to be felt with his work rate in midfield.

After the first goal, the offensive pressure from Dawson County did not stop. Within the final 20 minutes of the first half, the Tigers scored four goals to give them a 5-0 advantage at halftime.

Hector Tenerio-Camacho, Jose Sandoval, Erick Sanchez and Daniel Erly Carbojal would join in on the scoring spree in the first half.

After some pleasantries were exchanged between the two sides just before the half, the Tigers kept the pressure on in the second half. 

Thompson converted a penalty kick 10 minutes into the second half, followed by a second goal by Carbojal on an acrobatic individual effort. He managed to twist his defender completely around with his dribbling and proceeded to strike into the top corner.

After one final goal late by Saul Ruiz, the Tigers left the pitch as 8-0 winners.

Both teams play next Tuesday. Feb. 15, at home against Union County.