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Ladies 9-1 overall
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Freshman Tina Libao strikes the ball for a cross in a recent game. The Lady Tigers split games last week with a win against West Hall and a loss to Blessed Trinity.

The Lady Tigers completed their toughest week of the season so far last week.

Dawson County split games with an overtime win against West Hall, 3-2, and a loss at No. 1-ranked in Class AAA Blessed Trinity on Thursday, 2-0.

It was a cold, windy day with snow flurries when Dawson played host to West Hall on March 26.

Despite the weather, both teams played hard.

Dawson got on the board first at 33:08 off the foot of Emily Queen to give the team a 1-0 lead. The score was the only point for either team in the first half.

It was Queen's sixth goal of the season.

West Hall tied the score with 20:40 remaining in the second half on a cross that found the back of the net.

The Lady Tigers did not quit. With 13:45 left Riley Cox scored for Dawson County on a ball that was rolling in front of the Lady Spartan net. Isabella Elliott was credited with the assist.

Dawson County had a chance to ice the game with 9:03 left on a penalty kick by freshman Tina Libao. Libao missed the shot, leaving the game at 2-1 in the Lady Tigers' favor.

With 1:05 remaining in the game, West Hall was awarded a penalty kick after Lady Tiger defender McKay Shively was penalized. The kick was good and tied the game at 2-2 and sent it into overtime.

In the second overtime, Sara Bywaletz intercepted a goal kick and passed the ball to Shively. Shively hit a rocket from 25-yards out with just 53 second left that gave Dawson County the win.

"The girls did a good job against West Hall in knowing what they needed to do to win. When we gave up the penalty kick with one minute left in the game, the girls could have thrown in the towel and felt sorry for themselves, but instead went into attack mode," said head coach Jed Lacey.

"McKay Shively stepped up big and showed the other girls how you never hang your head and how to fight through adversity and do what needs to be done to win. Her game winning goal in overtime was well earned because of just pure hustle and her will to win," he said.

In a huge game for the Lady Tigers, the team traveled to Blessed Trinity on March 28.

A goal in each half doomed Dawson County as the team dropped its first game of the season.

Dawson County is currently 9-1 overall.

"The Blessed Trinity game was a game to show our young team that they can play with the perennial powers in the state. Blessed Trinity lost to GAC in the AA state championship game 1-0 last year, so I was happy to see we did not panic playing them," Lacey said.

"We have a lot to work on to get better and make a run in state, but this was a tiny bit of the pieces that need to be put in place to get us ready and mature as a team."