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Tigers soccer finish week strong versus North Hall
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Junior Tim Moody, from left, junior Nick Murphy and sophomore Dennis Pyetsukh defend against a penalty kick during Friday nights win over North Hall. - photo by Photo by Emma French

Dawson County Tigers varsity boys' soccer team split its games last week with a 2-1 loss at Forsyth Central, followed by a 6-2 win over North Hall Friday night.

Senior Alan Sanchez got his sixth goal of the season at 31:10 on an assist from sophomore Nathan Blythe against Forsyth Central and the team went into half with the lead.

Dawson County Head Coach Jed Lacey said a lack of focus after the half contributed to the loss.

"Our focus needs to better coming out of halftime," Lacey said. "Giving up two goals in one minute out of halftime is terrible. We need to pick up our activity level coming out of intermission."

"When we play with our hair on fire we make fewer mistakes and put serious pressure on our opponents," Lacey said.

Lack of activity was not an issue however in the Friday night contest at home.

"I like how we attacked even though we did not score early but we possessed beautifully and I liked how we approached o most of our attacks," Lacey said of Friday night's efforts.

Despite the cold, things were heated on the field with Sanchez scoring three goals and getting a yellow card after a scuffle at midfield.

North Hall scored first on a free kick at 17:57, but Sanchez responded at 16:35 with a goal on an assist from junior Cole Dennis. The Tigers went to half tied and did not struggle after the half.

Sanchez scored again, less than two minutes into the second half, on an assist from sophomore Dennis Pyetsukh.

North Hall responded at 38:13 and senior Jason Mays quickly answered at 37:28 on an assist from Sanchez to make it 3-2. The Trojans would not score again.

"We made a few position changes to help our attack and it paid off right away with a Cole Dennis playing in middle and switching Jason Mays up top," Lacey said. "We had better chemistry on our attacks and I liked what I saw."

Senior goalkeeper Ty Anglin made a great save at 16:25 and Pyetsukh scored on an assist from junior Josh Varca at 11:53.

Sanchez put his ninth goal of the season in at 7:36 on an assist from Dennis and Mays got his second of the night and season on a Sanchez assist at 4:49.

"Alan is a beast inside," Lacey said. "He might be the most underrated player in the state. Alan is putting this team on his back and giving us the confidence that we know if anything goes wrong, he is there to get us straightened out."

The team moves to 5-2 overall and dropped to No. 4 in the state after last week's games.

The Tigers leave Thursday for their spring trip to Savannah where they will face Savannah Art and Islands.