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Lady Tigers soccer team in top three in AAA
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The Class AAA No. 3- ranked Dawson County Lady Tigers opened Region 7-AAA action with a convincing 7-1 win over Fannin County in Blue Ridge March 20.

Dawson County is currently 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the region.

Tina Libao put the Lady Tigers on the board early with a goal at the 35:44 mark of the first half on an assist from teammate Mckay Shively.

Libao added another goal later in the half to give Dawson County a commanding 3-0 lead.

The second goal was Libao's fourth of the season.

Also scoring for Dawson County in the first half were Mackenzie Callas at 33:20 on an assist by Taylor Bennett.

Callas added her sixth goal of the season in the second half on another assist from Bennett.

Bennett also scored the fourth and fifth goals of the game.

The second goal came on an assist from Brooke Cagle.

Bennett currently has 10 goals for the Lady Tigers this season.

Emily Queen scored the sixth goal of the first half with just seven ticks left on the clock.

In goal for Dawson County was Anela Melton.

"We held some girls out today with injuries, but I was not happy with how we played.

"I saw some good things with Emily Stapler stepping up off the bench. Ivonne Maldonado helped control the middle of the pitch.

"I thought Brooke Cagle and Marley Hamby did a great job shutting down the outside rushes of Fannin.

"Taylor Bennett did a great job scoring two goals and getting two assists in just a half a game.

"Tina Libao played a couple of positions to see how she would handle it and she came away with two goals," Lacey said.

The veteran coach was able to play all 17 girls that dressed out for the game.

"Our girls know that region play has begun and every game is big," Lacey said. "We have a big game with Lumpkin, who is ranked just behind us at No. 4 in the rankings, next week. The Lumpkin game should be fun. As for now I just want to keep getting ready for the state playoffs by getting better every time we hit the field."

The Lady Tigers will play at 5 p.m. Friday at Banks County.