The Lady Tiger soccer season has come to an end. Dawson lost a close match to East Jackson, 1-0, last Wednesday that eliminated the team from region tournament play.
The lone East Jackson goal came on a free kick just outside the box, four minutes into the game on a questionable call by the referee.
“I cannot stand losing like this. I wish it was decided by the girls and not on a call. We cannot blame anybody but ourselves though. We had our chances and could not get it done,” said Head Coach Jed Lacey.
Dawson County kept up the offensive pressure the entire game and put up 21 shots on goal to the opponents five shots. The team just couldn’t find a way to get a shot past the East Jackson keeper.
Goalie Kenna Seitz had a wonderful game for the Lady Tigers.
Seitz stopped all five shots with ease and, along with the Dawson defense, kept East Jackson scoreless after the 4-minute mark.
Seniors playing in their last game for Dawson County High School were: Sydney Crumley, Amanda Sheriff, Erin Gordon, Ashley Avery and leading goal-scorer Katie Pritchard.
According to Lacey, sophomore Michelle Burkett also played in her last game because her parents are military and are being transferred.
“These girls will be so special to me because all the success that this program will achieve in the near future was started by this group,” Lacey said.
“No one gave this team a chance to do anything at the beginning of the year because of all the players we lost from last season and how young we were going to be. This group of girls pulled together and became one heartbeat and played their hearts out every time they got on the pitch,” he added.
The future looks bright for Dawson County.
Next year the team will return eight starters: Brittany Duffy, Jade Perry, Morgan Huber, Emily Stowers, Riley Cox, Brooke Shively, Kenna Seitz and Allie Costley.
“The most important thing about this year is that I was so honored and privileged to have a chance to coach such a wonderful group of girls,” Lacey said.
The Lady Tigers finished the season with an impressive 8-6 record.