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Lady Tigers finish strong
Set school record for goals
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The Lady Tigers pose with their trophy after taking the second spot in Region 7-AAA with their 11-0 win over the East Hall Vikings. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers soccer team finished off the season as region runners-up after soundly defeating the East Hall Lady Vikings at home last week on senior night.

Dawson County won 11-0 and the game ended at the half on April 18.

On April 20, the team picked up another big win, defeating Union County on the road by a score of 10-1.

"We finished the regular season strong," said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "Twenty-one goals in two games and without Callas is a pretty good statement. These girls are ready to make a deep run in state."

From the opening horn, there was no doubt that Dawson would dominate the contest as Ruthie Pittman scored at 35:48 on a Frankie Muldoon assist just four minutes into the game.

The entirety of the game was played on the East Hall end of the field as the Lady Vikings sought to defend their goal with little success.

Five minutes later, Rachel Rajczak put in her 18th for the year on her way to four goals in the first half of the game. She hit another less than a minute later and ended the evening with her 21st goal of the season while adding two assists.

Goal keeper Ashley Stanfill was all alone on the defensive end of the field while earning her second shutout of the season.

Mackenzie Kimbarl fed Muldoon at 22:27 for goal number four and 22 seconds later, Taylor Daniel got the assist for Lydia Blythe.

Less than another minute passed before the sixth goal of the game came from Brooke Cagle on a Kinsey Beaty assist.

Grace Sheer picked up two assists to Blythe and Pittman.

"We had so many girls play these past two games and they showed me what the future holds," Lacey said.

Last year, the Lady Tigers set a school record for goals on a season with 87. During the Thursday contest with Union, the team set a new record with 90.

The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead to the half against the Panthers before opening up in the second period of play adding nine more goals.

The sole goal in the first belonged to Blythe who scored on a Katie Clouse assist just before the halfway point of the period.

Pittman picked up a hat trick in the game as did Blythe.

Two of Pittman's goals came early in the second period on assists from Cagle and Rajczak. Her final goal was on a Muldoon assist with around 15 minutes to play.

Freshman Clouse put in back-to-back goals off Daniel and Rajczak goals.

Sheer also picked up her third goal of the season on a Blythe assist.

Stanfill added another win with four saves.

"We are pretty sporty across the top," Lacey said. "We just have so many girls playing well right now."

The wins took Dawson to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in region play.

The Lady Tigers picked up a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs. The team faced defending state champions, the Lovett Lions on April 25, but results were not available as of press time.

A win would send the team to the Sweet 16 to face the winner of Windsor Forest and Worth County on May 2.