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Lady Tigers win by mercy rule
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Mackenzie Callas crosses a ball in a match against Franklin County last week. Callas scored two goals and two assists in the 10-0 rout. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

On a rainy and sloppy Friday afternoon the Dawson County Lady Tigers defeated Franklin County, 10-0, in a game that was shortened 28-minutes by the Georgia High School Association "mercy rule."

Coach Jed Lacey also honored his seniors between the boys and girls games.

"It is always an emotional time on senior night. It is a night to celebrate player's careers here at Dawson County, but it is sad because it means I will be losing these girls who have been my children for the past four years.

It was a great way to honor the seniors with a 10-0 victory. It was a great night," Lacey said.

Seniors on this year's team are: Anela Melton, Meghan Picklesimer, Taylor Bennett, Sara Bywaletz, Ivonne Maldonado, Summer Armstrong, McKay Shively and Emily Stapler.

The Lady Tigers scored five goals in an 11-minute span in the first half to put the game away early.

Dawson County held a 6-0 lead at intermission on goals by Maldonado (37:29), Brooke Cagle (18:52), Mackenzie Callas (12:38), Emily Queen (10:53 and 7:10) and Tina Libao (9:12).

Queen completed her hat trick in the second half with a goal at the 18:05 mark off an assist by Libao.

The goals were Queen's fifth, sixth and seventh of the season.

Queen also had four assists in the contest.

"I cannot say enough about how well Emily Queen is playing. Without her stepping up the way she has all this scoring would not be happening. Emily is the spring board to directing where all the runs will be coming from and she is doing a great job," Lacey said.

Also scoring in the second half to put the game away were: Shively (33:56), Callas (29:01) and Libao (12:57).

Callas now has 13-goals on the season.

Notching assists were Callas (two), Libao (two), Shively (one) and Maldonado (one).

The veteran coach also praised the play of Callas.

"Mackenzie Callas is playing out of her mind. I am so proud of her. We have been working with her on her runs and she has put in the work and is getting to reap the rewards," Lacey said.

Dawson County was also in action earlier in the week.

On April 15, the team traveled to Murrayville to face non-region foe North Hall (5-6-1).

The No. 3-ranked Lady Tigers had been out of action since before Spring Break, a layoff of 15 days, and it was evident in the first half.

North Hall scored quickly with just 1:17 gone off the clock, to take a 1-0 advantage.

Dawson County came back and tied the score on a goal by Callas with 10:36 left before halftime. Ava Walker picked up the assist.

Both squads went into halftime tied at 1-1.

After an inspired halftime speech by Lacey, the Lady Tigers came out on fire in the second half.

Goals by Callas (25:49), Queen (9:16), and Callas again (8:43) put the game away.

Callas, had a hat trick and scored her ninth, 10th and 11th goals of the year.

Jessica Chambers had two assists in the contest and Shively picked up the last assist on a pass to Callas on her final goal.

Freshman Ashley Stanfill got the win in goal.

The Lady Tigers are now 11-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 7-AAA play.

The team had a match with East Hall yesterday, but scores were not available as of press time.

Up next for Dawson County will be the Class AAA state playoffs, which will begin this week.