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Lady Tigers take two
Varsity Girls Soccer pic
Taylor Bennett dribbles down the right side of the field. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers' soccer team won both games last week in convincing fashion.

The team defeated West Hall, 8-0, on March 24, and then traveled to Banks County on March 27 and picked up a 6-0 win.

Dawson County continues to rack up wins and the team holds a No. 4-ranking in Class AAA.

Head Coach Jed Lacey's team has an overall record of 9-2 and the Lady Tigers are 3-0 in Region 7-AAA play.

Dawson County is on a six-game winning streak and has outscored their opponents 32-2 during that time.

In the game with West Hall (4-5-1) at Tigers Stadium, the Lady Tigers exploded for six, second half goals to take the huge eight goal victory over the Lady Spartans.

Senior Taylor Bennett record her 13th goal of the year with a hat trick in the contest.

Tina Libao notched two goals for her fifth and sixth goals of the year. Libao also had two assists in the game.

Rounding out the offense were goals by Mackenzie Callas (seventh goal), Mckay Shively (third goal) and Lindsey Knotts (first goal).

Picking up assists were Emily Queen, Shively, Callas, Bennett and Devon Coates.

Anela Melton was in goal for the Lady Tigers.

It was Melton's sixth shutout of the season.

"We are playing really well right now, but we have numerous injuries we are trying to work through," Lacey said.

"Taylor Bennett and Mckay Shively have put this team on their backs and are showing tremendous leadership. I am also impressed with the play of Emily Stapler. Emily is a senior and is coming into her own on the field."

Friday's trip to Homer to face Banks County (4-5) was over in the first half with Dawson County jumping out to a 4-0 halftime lead.

The Lady Tigers put up two more goals in the second half to win easily 6-0.

Bennett recorded her second hat trick of the week. Bennett has 16 goals for the season.

Also scoring for Lacey's team was Stapler with her first goal of the season, Shively and Callas.

Notching assists were Shively, with two, Bennett and Coates.

In goal was freshman Ashley Stanfill.

One negative for Dawson County was the ejection of Libao with just 1:38 left before halftime. Due to the red card, the Lady Tigers will be without Libao for the next two games.

Dawson County had to play a man down the entire second half because of the red card.

"Someone else will now have to step up on this team. We have dealt with adversity all year and this is not going to stop us," Lacey said.

The Lady Tigers had a huge game at Lumpkin County yesterday.

The Lady Indians came into the contest with an 11-0-1 overall record. The winner of the game has a stranglehold on first place in the region.

Scores were unavailable at press time.

The Lady Tigers will be back in action on April 15 with a game at North Hall.