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Lady Tigers take tough loss against GAC
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Devon Coates battles with a Lady Spartan during last weeks home game against Greater Atlanta Christian. - photo by Amy French

In what has become a bad habit, according to Head Coach Jed Lacey, the Lady Tigers started slow against Greater Atlanta Christian last week and it cost them.

"The first half we played not to lose and the second half we showed we could beat them with dominating most of the half," Lacey said. "This is a real bad habit of ours. It cost us tonight."

Dawson County lost at home 2-1 to GAC on March 27.

Both of the goals for the Lady Spartans came in the first half of play at 25:42 and at 9:59.

"Going down 2-0 to a team like GAC is not a real good plan," he said. "After coming together and fixing what we needed to and getting everyone on the same page, we came out like a different team."

The Lady Tigers scored early in the second period off a Devon Coates assist to Mackenzie Callas.

"Kenzie had a much better second half with moving more and with her doing that, Devon found her splitting the defenders with a great pass that Kenzie ran on and made them pay," Lacey said.

That was Callas' 17th goal on the season.

Once the Lady Tigers got on the board, Lacey said that changed the half dramatically.

"Once we scored, we never looked back," he said. "We shut down every attack GAC tried to come at us with."

An opportunity for a second goal was denied on a questionable offsides call.

"We got a bad call on a second goal on a cross from Kenzie to Rachel Rajczak who made a great back side run and received a great cross to body it in. As she did, she shoved down the GAC defender in the goal who the ref never saw. He called off sides and took away a tying goal."

Lacey said that despite the defeat, the team was able to show they can compete with a private school like GAC.

"We will be ready to make a great run at state," he said. "We have work left to do."

The Lady Tigers are 11-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-AAA. The team is also ranked No. 3 in the state.

Dawson County will travel to play at 5:30 p.m. on April 14 against Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.

"We need to come back from spring break ready to go and that means from the opening whistle," he said.