The Warren County High School boys soccer team came into the season thinking about district championships and regional berths, but right now, a second win would do.
The Pioneers were dealt another defeat on Monday night, falling 2-1 at DeKalb County.
The loss, which dropped Warren County to 1-2, was a difficult one for coach Todd Willmore and his team. After scoring in the first 10 minutes, the Pioneers were held scoreless.
Coach Willmore thought a lack of aggression plagued his team after jumping out early.
“After our first goal, we lacked a sense of urgency and intensity,” said Willmore. “It was a bit frustrating to see us squander possessions and not fight for 50/50 balls.”
The Pioneers first goal came off a set play, with Jorge Pumarino capitalizing for the score. Off a corner kick, the senior captain was able to take a rebound and put it in the back of the net, giving Warren County a 1-0 advantage just minutes into the game.
Coach Willmore was pleased to see his team execute the set play to perfection.
“We scored off a corner kick, with Jorge putting it in off a rebound,” said Willmore. “It is always nice to score off a set play that you practice routinely.”
It was after the early goal the Pioneers seemed to relax and let the Tigers control the tempo. DeKalb County got the equalizer shortly before the end of the first half. A shot was able to trickle past keeper Chad Womack to even the score at one going into halftime.
The Tigers would benefit from Warren County’s over-aggression in the second half to get the winning goal. After DeKalb County thwarted a scoring opportunity for the Pioneers, the Tigers caught the Warren County defense sleeping.
A perfectly positioned pass over the Pioneer defense gave DeKalb County a one-on-one situation to score. The Tigers took advantage, getting an easy goal to take a 2-1 lead.
Coach Willmore saw his team get multiple opportunities to even the game at the end, but the Pioneers couldn’t capitalize. The loss was one coach Willmore thought could have been avoided.
“No disrespect to DeKalb County, because they played tough and fought for the win, but I feel like we let a win slip away from us,” said Willmore.
The Pioneers returned home last night for a matchup against St. Andrews Sewanee. Results were unavailable at press time. Warren County will be back in action Friday night with a game against Cleveland at Warren County High School soccer field.
The game, which will see the 2001 state-qualifying Pioneers honored at halftime, begins at 6 p.m.