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Lady Tigers soccer gets jump on season with annual camp
S-Girls soccer camp pic
Dawson County High School girls soccer players take to the fields in the mountains of Kentucky for their annual soccer camp. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers finished up this spring soccer season with a trip to the quarterfinals in the state tournament.

Though they lost to the Westminster Wildcats for the second consecutive season, the team finished another successful year, going 16-2-1 overall and undefeated in region play.

The Lady Tigers captured the region championship with a 6-0 win over Banks County at home.

The ladies went back to work this summer with lots of teammates playing travel ball, but the team just got back from its annual trek to the mountains on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky.

"This camp is so important to our team getting a jump on this coming season," said Head Coach Jed Lacey.

"One of the biggest things that happens here is the team bonding."

For the fifth year the team made the trip to Lincoln Memorial University's soccer camp where they spend five days with three training sessions a day.

The afternoons consist of scrimmaging other girls from all over the country, as well as Canada, according to Lacey.

Captains for the upcoming season were announced during the trip.

Senior Ava Walker earned the role of head captain with Devon Coates, Mackenzie Callas and Brooke Cagle becoming assistant captains.

"Camp is really vital for all of our upcoming season," Walker said. "It helps us really be able to mesh as a team and gain some chemistry on and off the field."

Lacey praised the efforts of the captains in pulling the new girls in as well as encouraging the returning players.

"This year was my personal favorite because the team really got to bond and I loved all of the girls," Walker said.

The varsity program for the upcoming season will have five seniors, three juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen and developing bonds early is essential to Lacey.

"This is why I am in coaching, to watch these players develop their skills and see them become sisters and ready to fight for each other on the field, it is just so cool to see it all come together in just five days," Lacey said.

According to Lacey, during camp, Frankie Muldoon was offered a full soccer and academic scholarship to LMU by Coach Helio D'anna.

"This is what the whole thing is all about, soccer, family, bonding and getting to help my girls achieve their dreams," he said. "I wish the season started tomorrow."