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Tigers stay on top in region action
DCHS V Boys Soccer pic
Freshman Dennis Pyetsukh scored a goal in a 7-1 win over Fannin County on Friday. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Coach Jed Lacey's boys' soccer team hasn't missed a beat.

The Tigers traveled to Blue Ridge to face off against Region 7AAA foe Fannin County on March 20.

Just nine seconds into the game, senior Sal Mendoza blasted a shot past the Rebel goalie to give Dawson County a quick 1-0 lead and the rout was on.

The Tigers scored five more goals in the first half to hold a 6-0 advantage at the intermission.

Scoring were David Velasquez with two goals, Mendoza, Jose Zuniga and Dennis Pyetsukh.

The goals were Velasquez's seventh and eighth of the season.

Picking up assists were Alan Sanchez with two, Randy Schultz and Dalton Edwards.

The Tigers added five more goals in the second half to come away with an 11-1 region win over the Rebels.

Adding second half scores were Schulz with two goals, his first of the season, Mendoza, six season scores, Josh Sage, his first goal of the season, and Nathan Blythe.

Assists on the goals were made by Johnny Steele and Velasquez.

Getting the win in goal was Ty Anglin.

Fannin scored its only goal with 1:08 remaining on a long shot.

"We needed this game," Lacey said. "Our competition has been so hard it was nice to let the kids relax and play."

Because of the huge lead, Lacey was able to get all 20 varsity players in the game.

"We have had a hard time getting real deep on the bench because of the tremendous competition we have faced this season," Lacey said.

Team leader, Brandon Lund, was unavailable in Friday's game.

"We saw we did not have to depend on Brandon (Lund) and we have a whole team of players that can get it done.

"I saw the team I know we are tonight with the passing and connections being made. It was fun watching this team this evening," he said.

Dawson County holds onto its No. 1 ranking in Class AAA in the latest polls.

The Tigers played a huge game against No. 3-ranked West Hall yesterday.

The winner of the game holds a strangle hold on a region title.

Friday, the team will travel to play at Banks County.

Both games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers are currently 6-1-2 overall and 1-0 in region play.