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Ladies open season with a win
Defeat Walnut Grove 4-0
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The Dawson County High School girls' soccer team opened the regular season with an easy, 4-0, win at Walnut Grove High School last week.

The Lady Tigers put the game away in the first half with three goals by Emily Queen (28:47), Mackenzie Callas (17:31) and Brooke Cagle (3:00).

Picking up assists on the goals were Rachel Rajczak, Tina Libao and Jessica Chambers.

Head Coach Jed Lacey's No. 3-ranked, Class AAA, Lady Tigers sealed the game with a fourth goal in the second half by Jessica Chambers on an assist by Rajczak.

The Lady Tigers pounded the Walnut Grove goal all afternoon, taking 27 shots.

Sophomore goal keeper Ashley Stanfill picked up her first shutout of the year.

"I saw so many good things out there tonight. Tina Libao was the key to putting it all together. Everything came out of the back, she orchestrated it and was the engine that made it go. Tina is going to be a huge part of how far we go in state," Lacey said.

The coach also praised the play of Jessica Chambers and Mackenzie Callas in the midfield.

"We have some serious speed at center-mid with those two. We have upgraded our midfield to where we now can play with anyone," he said.

Lacey also applauded the play of Emily Queen, Brooke Cagle and freshman Rachel Rajczak at the forward position.

"The talent and speed of this group is going to cause a lot of headaches for defenders this year," he said.

On defense, Lacey praised the play of Ashley Stanfill, Frankie Muldoon, Ruthie Pittman and Mackenzie Kimbral.

"The defense was where I thought it would be. We are going to go through some growing pains this season," he said.

Muldoon, Pittman, and Kimbral are all new starters for the Lady Tigers.
Ava Walker is the lone returner in the back for Dawson County.

"Walker was the glue tonight in getting the young girls to play together. What stuck out the most was the play of Ava Walker. The responsibility we put on her with three freshmen in the back and Ava having to direct them and then having to do her job also was just beautiful," Lacey said.

Depth will be an asset for the Lady Tigers this season.

"This may be the deepest team I have ever had. With the influx of the very talented six freshmen on varsity coming in and with the very talented returning players coming off an Elite Eight run in the state playoffs last year, I feel we could have a very good year," Lacey said.

Dawson County will play Athens Christian Academy Friday at home.

The game is set to kickoff at 5:30 p.m.