The Dawson County Lady Tigers saw eight players named to the 7-AAA All-Region soccer team on May 3, four on the first team and four on the second, the most selected on any team in the region along with capturing both the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year Award.
Lady Tigers senior MacKenzie Kimbarl took home player of the year honors in addition to being selected as a member of the all-region first team. During the 2019 season, Kimbarl led a defense that allowed only 10 goals during 16 games and led the team to an undefeated regional record of 6-0 and the team’s second regional title in four year. During her four-years at Dawson County, she has overseen a defense that allowed a meager .791 goals per game and tallied 55 victories on the way to four straight state playoff appearances.
Also named to the all-region first squad was goal keeper Fallan Lacey who blocked 60 of the 67 shots she faced in 2019 and offensive forwards senior Rachel Rajczak and sophomore Molly Muenchen who combined for an incredible 135 shots on goal and 47 points on the year.
Second team honors went to senior Ruthie Pittman and juniors Molly Kitchen, Maggie Wright and Piper Wright.
The Lady Tigers finished the regular season as the region 7-AAA champions with an overall record 13-2-1 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the GHSA State Tournament before falling to Jefferson by a score of 2-0.
This year’s playoff run marked the fourth straight appearance in the tournament by the Lady Tigers and the second appearance under Head Coach Chess Hamby who was named the region 7-AAA Coach of the Year after two seasons at the helm of the program.
Hamby has been with Dawson County for nine years having worked his first seven years as an assistant coach under Jed Lacey and only taking over the program in August of 2017, and he was quick to credit his success to the team and his predecessor.
“It is an honor to be voted coach of the year. This region is full of great coaches, so I am very thankful for this award,” Hamby said. “I think that it says more about the girls and Coach Lacey than it does me. I didn't come from a soccer background and I joke all of the time that I went to the Jed Lacey School of Soccer.”
Coach Patrick Muenchen’s boys’ soccer team saw two players named to each squad of the 7-AAA All-Region as well, with keeper Braden Davidson and defender Caleb Bonesteel both being honored as members of the first team, while Raleigh Payne and Gabe Yeneral nabbed second team honors.
“(Davidson) was a phenomenal keeper. He blocked five penalty kicks this year. He has great hands and is able to read the attack very well, as well as lay out to make great saves,” Muenchen said. “Bonesteel was the backbone of our defense. He directed our back end and was fast and powerful on defending. He had 4 goal line saves himself. We are fortunate to have him for 2 more years”
The Tigers finished the regular season with an incredible run in regional play, winning four of the final six games of the season to secure a third-place finish in 7-AAA with a record of 4-2 and make their fourth straight appearance in the GHSA state playoffs. Dawson County went on to be a heartbreaking penalty-kick loss to the Calhoun Yellowjackets to end the season in round one of the tournament.