Dawson County fought against man and nature as the varsity boys’ soccer team took on the GAC Spartans in the pouring rain on March 26 and then traveled to Lumpkin County to face the rival Indians on March 28.
Prior to the game head coach Patrick Muenchen expressed concerns about the offensive power and speed of the Spartans and, in a steady downpour that created sloppy conditions for both teams, his concerns proved correct as the Tigers lost their first regional game of 2019 by a final score of 5-0.
“GAC has put up a lot of scores in their matches and we are going to have to play tight defense to stay in the game,” Muenchen said. “Their speed up top is a concern.”
After the loss the Tigers took the short trip north to Dahlonega to take on another powerful team in the Lumpkin County Indians.
“Lumpkin is another must win situation for us,” Muenchen said. “They have had similar results [to GAC] so I look forward to a good battle.”
The Indians opened the game with a quick strike to take an early 1-0 lead that looked as if it would last until half-time until junior Riley Herndon found the back of the net to tie the game at one as the teams headed for the locker rooms.
Dawson County team captain Patrick Rosales broke the tie on a header past the Indians keeper early in the second half and from there the Tigers continued to apply pressure and created opportunities for the remainders of the game.
With just over half the period remaining junior Michael Velasquez worked his through the box, outmaneuvering his defender to put a third point on the board, and Rosales finished off the scoring with another header late in the half to secure the 4-1 victory.
“The boys played a great game against Lumpkin, especially in the second half,” Muenchen said. “It was important for us to get the transition and offense flowing as we approach our last two region games. Scoring four should definitely boost our confidence and spark some hunger in the guys to put the ball in the net.”
The split games moved the Tigers to an overall record of 3-8 and a regional record of 3-1 and with two games remaining in the regular season, both featuring regional opponents, the Tigers entered into a much-needed spring break period.
“I am not concerned about loss of momentum during spring break,” Muenchen said. “We have had a busy season with only one rain out and I think the rest will give us time to heal and look forward with anticipation to a strong finish.”
Dawson County will be fully rested and back in action against Fannin County on April 10.