The Dawson County Lady Tigers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Class AAA state playoffs with a win Friday night over the Sonoraville Phoenix.
Dawson County shutout Sonoroville with a 2-0 win at home on April 29.
"Great game, very happy with our effort level and the way we executed with our possession," said Head Coach Jed Lacey.
Junior Lydia Blythe put the Lady Tigers on the board at 36:27 on an assist from Emily Queen.
"The one girl that just stood out playing the best game of her career was junior Lydia Blythe. She worked from bell to bell and was rewarded for her hard work with a goal and assists. Lydia is a very talented player, but we knew she could take it to a higher level," Lacey said.
The game proved to be a true team defensive effort.
The Lady Tigers controlled the midfield and was a big reason for the win, according to Lacey.
"I just want to say how great the defense played tonight with Ava Walker and Mackenzie Kimbarl did in the middle and Frankie Muldoon and Jessie Chambers did holding down the flanks...The leadership of Ava, Tina and Jessie rose to the top and was a big reason why we won," Lacey said.
Goalkeeper Fallan Lacey had a big save late in the game to keep the Phoenix from tying things up.
Queen was able to put one in the net with 1:17 left on an assist from Blythe.
"I would like to put these games away a little earlier than that next time," Lacey said of the late goal.
The Lady Tigers are now 15-1-1 overall. With the win, Dawson County advances to take on Central Macon at 5:30 p.m. today at home.