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Tigers soccer team plays tough in first home games
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The Dawson County Tigers boys' soccer team got its season underway last week with a home win over Hart County and a tough tie game with Sonoraville.

The Tigers opened play on Feb. 7 when they hosted Hart County and won 3-0.

"This was a hard game to play because they played six defenders and we had to figure a way through the wall," said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "I can say we worked on our ball skills and shooting tonight. We possessed 85 percent of the game."

Junior Nathan Blythe scored two of the three goals on assists from Patrick Moody and Cole Dennis.

"Nathan Blythe had a great game running the offense from the middle and came through with two goals for his credit," said Lacey.

Lacey said it was like a puzzle for the team as they had to find the right spaces to score.

"Once we broke through their core, it became a shooting gallery," he said.

Senior Nick Murphy added the third goal on a Josh Varca assist at 33:28 in the second period of play.

"This was a good team effort by everyone playing against an unconventional style of play," he said.

In the outing against Sonoraville, Lacey said he could not be prouder of the way his team played on the way to a 1-1 tie.

"The number one thing I will say is this is the greatest game I have ever been around watching a team play from the heart," Lacey said. "We took some very questionable calls in a very physical game and felt we took two unfair calls with 15 minutes left in the first half."

With two red cards, Dawson played with two men down for 55 minutes.

"I have never in my life heard of a team in that level of soccer playing with two men down for 55 minutes and the score 0-0...and hold that for 53 minutes and end up walking away with a draw," he said.

The only goal for the Tigers came at 21:23 in the second from sophomore Raleigh Payne on a Patrick Moody assist.

"This team became a team tonight. Any question about whether we are ready to make a run a state were answered," Lacey said. "We played a top-10 team tonight two men down and out played them."

Lacey also praised the efforts of Dennis Pyetsukh, Cole Dennis, Moody, Varca, Blythe, Tyler Lawson, Timmy Moody, Payne, Dillon Tierney, Tyler Glamuzina, Karson Pharris and Patrick Rosales.

"What needs to be said about our goalkeeper Dillon Tierney's outstanding play is beyond words," Lacey said. "That kid is a freak in goal and getting better every day."

The team is now 1-0-1 overall and faced East Jackson on Feb. 14. Results of that game were not available as of press time.

The Tigers will travel to play Providence Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.