When Savannah Cox took the field last fall, a sudden realization overwhelmed her. It may be the last season she was able to play soccer.
It was then Cox realized she wasn’t ready to let go of her favorite sport so early. On Monday, she made sure she’d be back on the field for at least two more years.
The standout defender signed with Motlow College in front of family, teammates and friends at Warren County High School. She was able to take a sigh of relief before putting pen to paper, knowing there will be more games in her future.
“It wasn’t until September of my senior year until it hit me that I would never play soccer. So I really went after (getting a scholarship),” said Cox.
Cox’s former coach Todd Willmore knows what happens when she has a goal in mind. He’s used to her stopping goals for his team as three-time, All-District 6-AAA defender, but this one was allowed with joy.
“It’s pretty special for me. Sometimes I treated Savannah like she was my own daughter, so the expectations for her were high,” said Willmore at the signing. “I’m excited to see Savannah get the chance. I’ll get to see her play more.”
Cox has come a long way from banging balls against the walls of her house as a kid, with errant shots leaving dents in the gutters. In the last three years, she’s anchored a defense which has constantly kept Warren County in the race for district championships.
Her on-field presence and ability to shut down the back line drew Motlow coach Andy Lyon’s attention.
“We want to build a strong defense. Savannah has a good soccer IQ. When she came in for a visit, she gelled with the players straight away,” said Lyon.
It didn’t take much convincing for Lyon to offer a scholarship. He had already seen a Warren County product up close, having coached Bethany Porter since taking over the program in 2017. When he began asking about Cox, he realized everybody had a high opinion of the prospective Lady Buck.
“She’s everything we are looking for in a person, a student and a player,” said Lyon. “She comes highly recommended by players and coaches – they had nothing but good things to say about her.”
Cox has the same feeling about her new coach and the team she’ll be joining in the fall.
“They have a really great program. The coaches are awesome. And it being close to home was just a bonus,” said Cox. “The teammates are really friendly and welcoming. They made sure I didn’t feel left out.”
She’ll get the chance to make more memories on the field over the next two seasons. With a little luck, she may even be able to top the biggest moment of her career thus far, a victory over her most bitter rival as a senior.
“Beating Cookeville my senior year (stands out) because nobody likes Cookeville,” said Cox.
Cox plans to pursue an education degree with hopes of being an elementary teacher in the future.