The Dawson County soccer program opened a three-game road trip March 12 where the Lady Tigers picked up another win with a 2-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Pinecrest Academy Paladins and the Tigers fell short, losing 1-0 to the Union County Panthers.
Sophomore Molly Muenchen picked up her 12th goal of the season while senior Rachel Rajczak scored for the second game in a row as the Lady Tigers jumped on the Paladins early in the first half and held on for the win by the final score of 2-0
After she stopped an incredible 10 shots from Pinecrest Academy, senior goalkeeper Fallan Lacey nabbed her third shutout of the season as she continued to lead an incredibly stingy Lady Tigers defense that has given up a meager six goals in seven games.
Head Coach Chess Hamby acknowledged the importance of the win but with one game remaining until the beginning of 7-AAA regional play, he also expressed some concerns about the team’s mechanics.
“Pinecrest was a big win. That was a quality opponent that I feel improved our level of play,” Hamby said. “We still have some things to improve on, but we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
The Tigers found themselves down early as Union County’s Brian Smith slipped one past the Dawson County defense in the opening minutes. The single goal turned out to be enough as both goalies staunchly defended their net from that point forward to prevent any further scoring. The Panthers held on through a tough-fought battle for the 1-0 victory.
Despite a 0-6 record so far and with regional play scheduled to start early next week, Head Coach Patrick Muenchen said he liked what he saw from the team and expressed optimism about the Tigers' future headed into the final stretch of the season.
“The defense led by Caleb Bonesteel and keeper Braden Davison overall have done awesome,” Muenchen said. “We have held the score down on some really good teams. We are working on our transition game, moving the ball instead of dribbling too much, and finishing. If can we master these concepts and win out, or get some wins, we will be positioned for a run in the state playoffs.”
Dawson County continues to play on the road as both teams are scheduled to play against Eastside High School March 15.