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We had something to prove
Boys soccer comes up with two wins on the road
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The Dawson County Tigers varsity soccer team won twice more on the road last week.

The team got wins over East Jackson and Providence Christian Academy on Feb. 14 and 17.

In the Tuesday game against the Eagles of East Jackson, the Tigers won 3-1 with three different players putting in goals in what Head Coach Jed Lacey called a rough game with lots of physical play.

"We handled it well and gave it back," Lacey said. "We are short a few players because of injuries, but we had plenty of other players step up."

Senior Cole Dennis scored his first goal of the season at the end of the first half.

Patrick Moody and Tyler Glamuzina added scores in the second.

"I really like the effort Tyler Glamuzina brings to the table every game," Lacey said. "He just plays with so much heart. Tyler is only a sophomore and as you watch him you can see why we are so high on the ceiling this kid possesses."

On the defensive side of the ball, Lacey said that Timothy Moody was able to shut down the East Jackson offense.

The Eagles only goal came at 16:25 in the first half.

During the Feb. 17 contest with the Storm, Dawson County won 4-1.

"We had something to prove," Lacey said. "Providence last year beat us 3-2 with three straight second half goals after we went to half with a 2-0 lead."

After being down 1-0 early, Dennis had two goals and Dennis Pyetsukh scored his first two of the year for the Tigers.

The only goal by the storm was early in the game at 37:47.

"I like how we came back from being down early 1-0 and came back with three big goals in the first half," Lacey said. "I thought for the first 20 minutes of the game, Providence out played us. After they scored first, it woke us up and after that the last 60 minutes of the game was possessed by us."

Lacey said that Raleigh Payne once again had a solid game and was excited that he was able to play 21 players.

He said he is changing his philosophy and is working to prepare more younger players for this year and next and is pleased by some of the surprises from the younger players.

"In the second half we gave Gabe Yenerall, a sophomore, a chance to show us a little," Lacey said. "He did a whole lot more than that. He showed us he is a player."

Last week's contests bring the Tigers to 3-0-1 overall.

Dawson County faced Flowery Branch at home on Feb. 21 but results were not available as of press time.

The team will host Blessed Trinity at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.

"These two teams will tell us what we are good at and what we need to work on," Lacey said. "We have a little rivalry with Blessed Trinity and this game is played like a state playoff game."