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Teams ready for state competition
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Midfielder Nathan Blythe splits two Fannin defenders during a recent game. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

As the regular season for soccer begins to wind down, both Dawson County teams are vying for position in the upcoming Class AAA state tournament.

For Coach Jed Lacey's boys, a date with East Hall is looming.

The Tigers will host the Vikings on April 21 for a possible region championship.

That date will become more significant depending on this week's match between East and West Hall.

Currently West Hall holds a 5-0-0 region record, East Hall is 4-0-0 and Dawson County is 3-1-0.

The Tigers are hoping for a victory by the Vikings in order to throw the race into a three-way tie for the region championship.

That is if the Tigers can defeat East Hall (10-4-1) on April 21.

West Hall (No. 2), Dawson County (No. 4) and East Hall (No. 5) are all ranked in the top five in Class AAA.

Earlier this season Dawson County (8-2-2) lost to West Hall 4-2 in overtime.

The girl's team (9-3-0) has been fighting injuries and a suspension.

On the injury list for the Lady Tigers are two significant players in Anela Melton (goalie) and Taylor Bennett (forward).

The loss of these two players put extra pressure on the team to keep up with their state title hopes.

Tina Libao is also out for one more game after receiving a red card at Banks County.

Libao's absence in midfield was evident in the 2-1 loss in Dahlonega.

Both teams have been off since their match with Lumpkin County on March 31.

The girls lost to the Lady Indians, 2-1, while the boys came away with a sluggish 2-0 victory.

A non-region match at North Hall April 14 should have given both teams a chance to work out some kinks after a 15-day layoff.

Results were unavailable at press time.

Up next will be a region match-up against Franklin County at home on Friday.

The Lady Tigers will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

The boys' game will follow.