Both Dawson County Tigers soccer teams lost their matches to the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans on Thursday, Mar. 12.
The Lady Tigers lost to the Lady Spartans with a final score of 7-0 and the Tigers lost to the Spartans with a final score of 10-1.
“The guys put in a great first half and all felt positive about our efforts,” Tigers Head Coach Patrick Muenchen said following the game. “Knowing these guys are stacked, we had optimism about the remaining region games. We made some nice adjustments in shape and assignments that could prove beneficial.”
The lone goal for the Tigers was scored by co-captain Michael Velazquez, who stole the ball from a Spartan midfielder. After dribbling the ball through the legs of two Spartan defenders, Velazquez struck the ball against the back of the net.
These could be the last games for the Tigers soccer teams this season. Dawson County High School has implemented the Georgia High School Association’s recommendation of a two week hiatus of all athletics and practices. After the hiatus is complete, GHSA will make another decision on the remainder of the season.
If the season ended after Thursday’s games, the Lady Tigers would have finished the season with a 3-6-1 record and the boys would finish 0-11.
“It will be difficult to maintain ball touch and fitness during the suspension,” Muenchen said. “It may be very difficult to resume the season after the 2 week break and get all region games in. Logistically and referee wise, I don't know how it will be done.”
If the season resumes after the two week hiatus, the Tigers first match back would be Tuesday, Mar. 31 against Fannin County High School. The girls will play at 5:30 p.m.
“It’ll give our team some time to rest and recover from injuries so that we will be 100% for the rest of our season,” Velazquez said. “I hope everyone stays safe through this sickness.”