The Dawson County High School varsity boys’ soccer team dropped to an overall record of 0-7 last week after losing 6-1 to the Eastside High School Eagles March 15.
The Tigers’ normally stingy defense led by Caleb Bonesteel found themselves overwhelmed by an Eagles offense that ranked fifth in the state in Region AAAA and averaged over 4 points a game while Dawson County’s offensive struggles continued in the form of a single goal.
The loss came in the middle of a three-game road trip that started with a trip to Union County March 12 where the Tigers found themselves unable to overcome a one-goal deficit to extend the season-long losing streak.
Despite the final score of both games during the week and the overall record, Head Coach Patrick Muenchen stressed the overwhelming difficulty of the Tigers’ early season schedule, but acknowledged the impact on morale of the winless start to this year’s campaign.
“I think the tough schedule has helped us define some weaknesses in our team,” Muenchen said. “We have to overcome the losing mentality and put the ball in the net. We can't let the past define our future.”
Dawson County began the grueling, final leg of their season as they began a stretch of six regional games in a row with a visit to Cherokee Bluff High School March 19.
“Our season really starts now. Everything has been in preparation for this,” Muenchen said. “If we can execute our transitions and attack and capitalize on the set plays, free kicks, corners and even throw-ins, we should have some positive results in our region play.”