The Dawson County High School varsity girls soccer team has seemed to turn the corner under new coach Jed Lacey. The Lady Tigers picked up two wins, at home, last week with Banks County, 8-0, and Rabun County, 3-0.
Senior Sydney Crumley had a memorable night against the Lady Leopards.
She scored five goals. Crumley scored all four first half goals to give Dawson a huge 4-0 lead at the break.
Prior to her big game, Crumley had scored one goal the entire season, according to Lacey.
“This could not happen to a better person. Sydney is the most grounded person on this team. A lot of girls would have wanted all the glory for the goals, Sydney never said a word. After the game I hugged her and told what a great job she did and all she said was, ‘Well I got some great passes,’” Lacey said.
Along with scores from teammates Brooke Shively, Brooke Duffy and Brittany Duffy, the Lady Tigers dominated the game from start to finish.
“What a way to start region play. We just scored more goals in one game than I have ever seen the girls team do since I have been here. The crazy part is we did it with a man down,” Lacey said.
Leading scorer Katie Pritchard received a red card just four minutes into the game and was sent off the field.
The Lady Tiger defense was superb and only allowed one shot on goal the entire contest.
On a cold, blustery day on Friday the Lady Tigers picked up their second Region 8-AA win with a tough battle with Rabun County.
Crumley picked up her seventh and eighth goals of the season to lead Dawson to a 3-0 win.
Crumley’s first goal happened with 7:19 remaining in the first half on a rebound. She connected off the top crossbar, past the Lady Wildcat goalie to put Dawson in the lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the 6:32 mark of the second half when Crumley scored again to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
Brittany Duffy got the final goal on a penalty kick with 3:29 left to give Dawson the win.
Goalie Kenna Seitz picked up the shutout in goal.
“Kenna is really coming on and giving us the stability we need in goal to have a chance on going to state,” Lacey said.
It was the first career shutout for Seitz.
The Lady Tigers are currently 5-3 overall and 2-0 in region play. Dawson will travel to south Georgia this weekend to face Thomasville (4-2) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday the team will face a skilled Worth County team who will come into the game with a 6-1 record.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game will be at 11 a.m.