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Lady Tigers fight to draw in match with Denmark Danes
Lady Tigers soccer Feb. 18
Senior Maggie Wright gears up for a goal kick during Tuesday night’s game - photo by Jacob Smith

Through the rain on Tuesday night, the Dawson County Tigers battled the Denmark Danes, but neither Tigers or Lady Tigers were able to walk away with a victory.

The Lady Tigers and Lady Danes finished their match in a tie, with both teams scoring two goals. In the second match of the night, the Tigers lost to the Danes 11-1, falling to (0-5) for the season.

Lady Tigers

The Lady Tigers and Lady Danes split possession 50-50 in the first half of their match. But the Lady Danes broke through to score first.  

About five minutes later, Dawson County senior Katie Clouse broke away from her defender and got just inches away from a 20-yard goal. Late into the half Clouse broke away again and scored her first goal of the season, a screamer that slid right past the goalie’s left side.

The half ended tied with goal apiece and both teams picked up right where they left off, exchanging possession back and forth throughout the second half.

When the Lady Danes got their second goal, Dawson County fans responded emphatically, urging the team not to start the season with a four-loss streak.

“I just want a tie,” Dawson County junior Sam Hulsey said from the stands. “Just a tie.”

Junior Molly Muenchen must have heard the fans’ pleas as she found the back of the net to tie the game. That would be the last goal scored by either team, ending the game in a tie.

Goalie Addison Hoard once again performed at a high level, making multiple saves throughout both halves.

“She’s saved us a couple times,” Head Coach Chess Hamby said after the game. “She’s been real solid for us.”

Hoard and the Lady Tigers look to continue their 0-3-1 record later this week when they travel to Habersham Central High School on Friday, Feb. 21 to battle the Raiders.

Tigers soccer Feb. 18
Junior Caleb Bonesteel launches a goal kick during Tuesday night’s match. - photo by Jacob Smith

Tigers

The Tigers were unable to lock in their first victory of the season on Tuesday night and from the beginning of the match the team looked as if they were a step behind their opponents.

After the Danes had scored their first two goals, sophomore goalie Gio Hernandez reportedly suffered a head injury from diving into a goal post. Hernandez did not return to the game.

Junior Caleb Bonesteel was given a yellow card during a disagreement with the referee on a foul call. Later, after two more goals by the Danes, senior Michael Velazquez also received a yellow card from the same referee.

Just minutes after coming back into the game after his yellow card, Velazquez responded with the Tigers first goal of the day. However, the team was unable to keep up with the Danes aggression and speed on offense. The Tigers found themselves at the losing side of the scoreboard, down 7-1 at halftime.

The Tigers were never able to get their footing back and the game ended in another mercy-rule, with a final score of 11-1. The Tigers, suffering their fifth loss in a row to start the season, will face Habersham Central High School on Friday night. 

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