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Our own worst enemy
Lady Tigers split last week and take first loss
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Ava Walker works against the Blessed Trinity offense during the Feb. 24 home game. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers are the only ones slowing down the Lady Tigers at the moment, according to Head Coach Jed Lacey.

Last week the team picked up a 4-1 win on the road against Flowery Branch on Feb. 21 and then lost at home to Blessed Trinity on Feb. 24.

"We have got to start faster and quit playing so sloppy in the first half," Lacey said. "This is becoming a pattern and it will eventually come back to haunt us."

The team had a sluggish start against the Falcons, but came up with four unanswered goals in the second period.

"We had great play in the second half once Flowery Brach scored on a corner kick and nobody marked up," he said.

Lacey said the team played the way they are capable of playing once that happened.

Of the four goals two came from sophomore Ruthie Pittman-one on a Brooke Cagle assist and the other on a Devon Coates assist. The other two goals were courtesy of Rachel Rajczak with the help of Lydia Blythe and Cagle.

Goalkeeper Fallan Lacey picked up three saves.

"I love how Kenzie Callas is playing, but she got hurt and that did not help matters," Lacey said.

The Friday night home contest against Blessed Trinity was highly anticipated and did not go the way that Lacey had hoped.

"We are our own worst enemy," he said.

A penalty kick within the first two minutes put the Lady Titans up 1-0 on their way to a 2-0 win.

"Then we have a player with the ball in the back get stripped of the ball right in front of our goal and they scored another," Lacey said. "Blessed Trinity had not earned anything and yet we were down two goals because of our carelessness."

Lacey said that the Lady Tigers did not give up and Fallan Lacey was able to come up with eight saves.

This is the kind of game that revealed weaknesses despite playing with injuries and having some players out, according to Lacey.

"These games are practice games to me to find out where we are and get our players ready for the state playoffs," he said.

He was highly impressed with freshman Sam Floyd who came off the bench to get minutes in the midfield.

"I am not really upset because I know we were short-handed in the middle tonight, but in the big picture we found a player that can play at this level in freshman Sam Floyd," he said.

Lacey praised the physical play of the Lady Tigers and said they will be ready to go against Pinecrest Academy and Walnut Grove.

"We are going to win and we are going to win a lot," he said.

The Lady Tigers are now 5-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.

The team faced Pinecrest on Feb. 28 but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will play at 5:30 p.m. on Mar. 3 at home against Walnut Grove.