There’s not been a whole lot that has given Dawson County any trouble this season. Almost everything is going perfectly fine, as the Lady Tigers just wrapped up a 12-1-1 regular season, complete with a flawless 6-0 region mark.
For second-year head coach Chess Hamby, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“I think there’s still room for improvement,” says Hamby.
Nothing could be scarier to hear if you’re standing between the Lady Tigers and the 3A State Championship.
The Lady Tigers are the region champions out of the ever-tough 7-AAA, and earned that trophy in dominating fashion. Despite having two other teams besides itself ranked in the top ten in the state (Lumpkin & GAC), the #2-ranked Dawson team outscored opponents 38-1 in those six region games.
“They play very good together,” says Hamby of his team. “They’ve been through so much over the last two-three years. That’s a team bonding that no coach can create. They play for each other. There’s not a lot of jealousy on who’s scoring the goals. “
Senior goalkeeper Fallan Lacey, a Brenau University signee, has been as good as ever between the pipes, allowing just 8 goals against all season.
“This year has just been a lot better,” says Lacey. “We’re all clicking together. The defense is doing really good with me and we’re just communicating better.”
While the defense has been tremendous, the offense has been equally unstoppable.
“It’s really exciting…it’s really a team effort,” says sophomore sensation Molly Muenchen, who’s 57 career goals (and counting) have already created a program record. “Our defense is really good moving the ball up for us…our midfield has helped out a lot. Rachel [Rajczak] has put a lot of balls in for me. We’ve just been finishing pretty good, and putting up some good numbers.”
The Lady Tigers have dropped just one match all season, a non-region opening 3-0 loss to Forsyth Central. Since then there’s been just one time where the girls didn’t walk off the field as the winner — a 1-1 non-region draw with Eastside on March 15.
The new streak of six wins (the second such streak this season), has the girls looking the part of a potential state champion.
“I hope we haven’t peaked yet,” says Hamby. “This time of year, we have to get better every week, every game. Where we are playing right now is not going to win us a state championship. We have to continue to go get better over the next month, because that’s what other teams are doing.”
While Fallan, Muenchen, and Rajczak have been standouts on the team, the defensive stalwarts Mackenzie Kimbarl, Piper Wright, Molly Kitchen, and Kinsey Beaty have been unbelievably good, as has newcomer Annie Gloeckner and mainstay Ruthie Pittman. Those six rarely show up in the box score, but do a lot of the heavy lifting to put the others in a position to succeed.
Dawson County opens the 2019 Class 3A State Playoffs with a home match on Tuesday against Sonoraville (6-3-1) in Dawsonville.