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No. 2 Lady Tigers stay on top of region
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Lady Tigers Lydia Blythe and Tina Libao battle against Lumpkin County in their 3-1 win at home last Friday. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

When girls' soccer Coach Jed Lacey predicted players would leave in ambulances, he wasn't too far off the mark about the Lady Tigers home win over Lumpkin County last week.

Multiple girls got hurt, but none were willing to sit out of the game. After quick pit stops with the trainers they were right back in.

Dawson County faced a tough Lumpkin group and won 3-1 on March 25.

"We had a plan, we played it to perfection," said Lacey. "This is what a dominate defense looks like."

Freshman Rachael Rajczak came up big again for the Lady Tigers with an amazing goal at 33:06 on an assist from Tina Libao.

"She just blew past the Lumpkin defense and when she took her shot it was like a missile. She put two in the upper 90s and then almost a third missing by inches," Lacey said.

Rajczak's second goal came in the second half at 16:56. The crowd went crazy, as well as Lacey on the sidelines.

The only goal for the Indians came on a penalty kick with 1:02 left in the first half.

There were lots of body checks on both sides, but the Lady Tigers were relentless.

"We came out to dominate them, and that is what we did," Lacey said.

Junior Mackenzie Callas scored her fifth goal of the season on a Rajczak corner kick and assist at 13:54.

Goalkeepers Fallan Lacey and Ashley Stanfill were able to defend against all five shots from the field.

Callas received a yellow card at 32:57 in the second half and would go on to get a second at 15:13 and leave the game.

"Losing was not even an option. That was displayed when we down a player from getting two questionable yellows and we still would not let Lumpkin score," Lacey said.

On March 22, the Lady Tigers beat West Hall on their turf with a 7-0 shutout.

"Our goal against West Hall was to play everyone which we did," Lacey said.

Lydia Blythe scored two goals at 17:35 and at 11:50, the first on an assist from Emily Queen.

Rajczak also scored two on assists from Makenzie Kimbral and Brooke Cagle.

Libao and Chambers finished out the scoring with one goal each and goalkeeper Stanfill got the teams ninth shutout of the season.

The Lady Tigers move to 10-1-1 overall and 3-0 in region play. They are now No. 2 in the state class AAA rankings.

Dawson County will play Oglethorpe County at 5:30 Thursday at home.