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Lady Tigers get physical in rivalry game
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Freshman Katie Clouse fights off Lumpkins Cat Cunningham during last weeks road win to earn home field advantage during state playoffs. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

In its usual, somewhat hostile fashion, the rivalry with Lumpkin County continued Friday night when the Lady Tigers soccer team traveled to Dahlonega and picked up a road win over the Lady Indians.

"Well, a typical Dawson-Lumpkin game," said Head Coach Jed Lacey about the 2-1 victory. "Physical, a lot at stake, playoff seedings, both teams in the top four, dislike from the fans, players, coaches and a penalty kick given to Lumpkin near the end of the game.

"This year we even got in a fist fight. You got to love it."

The fist fight came near the end of the game between Mackenzie Callas and Cat Cunningham and went on for a minute or more before coaches could get to the far corner of the field and stop the action.

Callas and Cunningham were both ejected and will be unable to play for the next two games.

"This game is what sports is all about, heroes and villains," Lacey said.

The win on April 14 gave the Lady Tigers home field advantage for the first round of state playoffs that will begin on April 25.

The physical contest saw Brooke Cagle and Rachel Rajczak attacking the goal regularly.

"I saw a lot of things that were good like Brooke Cagle and Rachel Rajczak attacking the goal when we are attacking and finish the cross and we did it to perfection twice," Lacey said. "We are still tweaking things and getting ready state."

The first goal in the game came at 29:47 from Cagle on a Rajczak assist. It was Cagle's seventh of the season and it prompted Lacey to comment how huge it was from the sidelines.

Dawson's second goal of the game also came in the first period.

Callas had a massive kick from the top of the field and found Rajczak right in front of the goal to punch it in.

The Lady Tigers were able to hold off the Lumpkin attacks in the field for the entirety of the game.

The only goal came on the late penalty kick directly in front of the goal.

"The goal came from a questionable PK at the latter part of the game," Lacey said. "Fallan came up big and stopped everything. She still has not given up a goal to Lumpkin from the field in two years.

"I was extremely happy with the way our defense played with Devon Coates and Ava Walker shutting down Lumpkin's attack up the middle," he said.

Another penalty kick was called for the Lady Indians with around four minutes to play, but they were unable to convert it.

The win means that the Lady Tigers are 12-2 overall and 3-1 in region play. The team is also ranked No. 3 in the state in Class AAA.

The Lady Tigers hosted East Hall on April 18, but results were not available as of press time. They will play at 5:30 p.m. on April 20 at Union County.