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Tigers pummel defending state champs
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Senior Alan Sanchez keeps the ball from two defenders during Friday nights win over Lumpkin County at home. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

Dawson County boys' soccer took down defending state champs, the Lumpkin County Indians at home last week.

The Tigers played an aggressive game to come away with a 3-1 win Friday night.

"What a war against the defending state champs," said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "This game is like this every year. So much pride on the line."

Lumpkin scored early at the 33:23 mark and that would be all they could manage.

Sophomore Nathan Blythe scored at 21:35 on an assist from Alan Sanchez.

"Alan Sanchez, who is an inspirational leader and who sets the tone for us, played out of his mind," Lacey said.

The Indians tried to contain Sanchez by frequently doubling up on him with defenders.

"Alan is the type of player who just wants to win. You let him free, he will burn you. Over cover him, he will set someone else up to burn you," Lacey said.

Junior Cole Dennis had his second goal of the season on another Sanchez assist at 14:20.

Dennis Pyetsukh put in the third goal of the night at 19:48 in the second on an assist from Patrick Moody.

The second yellow card against the Indians came with 5:11 left when Nick Murphy got tripped. That the team escaped without an actual fight was something of a surprise.

The Tigers took a win on March 22 away at West Hall.

Goalkeeper Ty Anglin had a great save and a good night in goal.

"That is what great keepers do though, they make great plays and that is what Ty did over and over tonight," Lacey said.

Blythe got his third goal of the season at 5:48 in the first.

Freshman Raleigh Payne put his first one of the season in the net at 13:58 of the second on an assist from Blythe.

Junior Patrick Moody finished out the scoring on an assist from Pyetsukh at 1:10 to play.

The Tigers are 9-2-1 overall and 3-0 in region play. They are ranked No. 3 in the state class AAA.

Dawson County will face Oglethorpe County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home.