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Young team proving itself early
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The Dawson County Lady Tigers soccer team warmed up on offense in the second half to defeat the Pinecrest Academy Paladins 3-0 last week.

Head Coach Jed Lacey says he is pleased with the play of his young team so early in the season.

"I am proud of the girls," Lacey said. "We are making connections and attacking and defending as well as we can at this time. We start six freshmen right now and they are all doing great."

"I cannot say enough about how Mackenzie Kimbarl is playing at center back," said Lacey. "Her speed and skill set is incredible. She gives us speed back there we have never had before."

Senior midfielder Tina Libao scored on a penalty kick at 14:37 in the second half of the Pinecrest contest and Emily Queen scored (7:18) on an assist from Mackenzie Callas.

"Mackenzie Callas had some great assists against Pinecrest," said Coach Jed Lacey. "Her passing is huge in making our system go."

At the 5:11 mark Brooke Cagle finished up the scoring for the evening with another assist from Callas.

Friday night the Lady Tigers ended 0-0 in a defensive contest away against Athens Academy.

"Fallan (Lacey) had some big saves for us in the first half and Ashley (Stanfill) saved the game for us making a huge stop in the last few minutes of the game stopping a shot point blank," Lacey said.

"I have to brag on Ava Walker doing a tremendous job this week controlling the back and minimizing any constant pressure on our keepers," Lacey said of the matchups. "Ava is playing so mature. Ava took over the controls of the defense this year until Devon Coates comes back in a few weeks from her injury."

"We just have to finish and that will come as these girls get used to playing with each other," Lacey said. "Rachel Rajczak, Emily Queen and Brooke Cagle are doing what they are trained to do, make runs and they do it well. We are just going to have to place the ball better to score. We are getting the shots. We just cannot hit the back of the net."

The team will be back in action at 5 p.m. Friday against Pickens County High School.