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Ladies fall to No. 2-ranked Greater Atlanta
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Dawson County player Morgan Huber plays defense against GACS in the Elite Eight State Tournament game in Dawsonville on Saturday. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

An amazing season came to an end on Saturday, as the Lady Tigers varsity soccer team lost a 7-0 decision to No. 2 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian School.

The loss ended the team's storybook season.

The team finished the season with an impressive 17-3 record.

"We were outmanned," said head coach Jed Lacey. "We did the best we could. Here is what I'm happy about: The fact we got as far as we possibly could in the state playoffs. What more could you ask for from our players."

The Lady Spartans opened the game on the attack.

Lady Tiger goalie Anela Melton came up big by stopping several GAC shots on goal.

GAC finally cracked the scoring with a goal by senior defender Kelsey Fervier.

Fervier made a run from 40-yards out and chipped the ball just over Melton's head to take a 1-0 lead with 29:27 left in the first half.

The Lady Spartans added another goal with 13:01 to go before half.

Attacker Rachel Garcia hit a blasting shot off her right foot into the back of the Lady Tigers net.

"I thought Anela played tremendous in goal. She did a great job just stopping all those shots from GAC. Anela kept us in the game in the first half. We just couldn't get any offense going. We just are not at that level yet. That could be the best team in the state," Lacey said.

Garcia added two more goals in the second half to record a hat trick.

GAC took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

The Lady Spartans dominated the first half of play on both offense and defense. Dawson County didn't have a shot on goal in the first 40 minutes.

Play was much of the same in the second half for Dawson County.

The Lady Tigers just couldn't get anything going offensively and spent much of the final period defending its goal.

At the 38:12 mark GAC added a third goal off a corner kick.

Garcia deposited the ball into the right corner.

Less than 2 minutes later Garcia found pay dirt again with her third goal, which gave GAC a commanding 4-0 advantage.

GAC added three more goals before the final buzzer sounded.

With the win GAC advanced to play rival Buford High School today. The Lady Spartans defeated Buford 5-2 earlier in the season.

Playing their final game for Dawson County were seniors Morgan Huber, Brooke Shively, Emily Stowers, Morgan Collett and Carissa Perez.

"It has been an honor to coach these five seniors," Lacey said. "Brooke and Emily on defense both were great captains for us. They really helped this team get where we are. They are two of the reasons we finished 17-3, because of the leadership they showed.

"Morgan Huber was a tremendous pick up for our team. She decided to play when I started coaching the girls last season. She did an amazing job as a defender. We wouldn't be her without her. Carissa had probably her best game against Sonoraville with two goals. Morgan always tries here best and did a great job for us. They all had a tremendous senior year."

The Dawson County head coach said he has a lot to look forward to next season. With a wealth of talent returning and a junior varsity team that posted an 11-0-1 record, the Lady Tigers could be primed for another state playoff run next season, according to officials.

Note: Four girls and three boys' players were selected to play in the DiVarsity state all-star game at Marist High School on May 20. The girls selected were Emily Stowers, Morgan Huber, Brittany Duffy and McKay Shively.

On the boys' side: Cody Hall, Stanton Rogers and Josh Lund will play in the game.

The girls' game will kickoff at 1 p.m., while the boys' game will start at 7 p.m.