The Lady Pioneer soccer team remains in strong contention for a district title.
Warren County High School is still unbeaten in district play after grabbing a convincing 3-0 win over White County on Tuesday night.
Playing on their home field, the Lady Pioneers dominated possession as White County came in with a strategy of emphasizing defense while sacrificing offense.
“We controlled the entire game, but struggled to score with the majority of the game being played by White County putting 11 people back throughout the night,” said Warren County coach Todd Willmore.
Warren County scored early, within the first three minutes, off a corner kick. Alana Ortiz was able to redirect the ball and was assisted by Sally Willmore. That early goal was the only score of the first half.
Coach Willmore must have said the right things at halftime because the Lady Pioneers made it a 2-0 game within the first minute of the second half. Abby Roller continued her scoring surge on an unassisted goal.
The Lady Pioneers scored later in the half when Rylee Hilliard received a pass by Sally Willmore and put the ball in the back of the net to account for the 3-0 final.
The win continues Warren County’s strong play and improves the team to 3-0 in the district. The Lady Pioneers are 7-2 overall after an impressive showing at the Ladies Championship Tournament in Nashville during fair week. Playing against top-notch competition, the Lady Pioneers went 2-1 in the tournament.
A quick Ladies Championship Tournament recap follows:
Warren County 6
Clarksville Northeast 0
Madison Mason scored three goals, Olivia Ming scored twice, and Isabel Kirby added a goal as WCHS breezed to a shut-out victory last Wednesday. The Lady Pioneers overcame what coach Willmore described as a sluggish start to control the tempo defensively.
“Lindsey Cox, Rylee Hilliard and Saydee Winfree are a tough trio to penetrate through the middle of the field,” said Willmore.
Abby Roller, Hilliard, Neva Tackett and Kirby added assists in the game.
Mt. Juliet 5
Warren County 2
Mt. Juliet broke a 1-1 tie at halftime with four goals in the second half to pull away in a game played last Thursday. Mt. Juliet would go on to win the tournament.
Mt. Juliet showed aggressiveness in the second half and was able to win most of the 50/50 balls, according to coach Willmore. Mt. Juliet also made the decision to pressure the Lady Pioneers everywhere on the field and the decision paid off when Warren County couldn’t clear the ball twice from deep in its own territory, resulting in two Mt. Juliet goals.
“We had several opportunities to cut it close, the best coming from a free kick by Sally Willmore that their keeper just got enough of the ball to force it over the crossbar,” said Willmore. “That would have cut the lead to 3-2 and given us a little momentum. Unfortunately, we could not capitalize.”
Roller scored for the Lady Pioneers in the first half when the Mt. Juliet goalie deflected the ball back into the field. Roller stayed with the play and was rewarded with a goal.
In the second half, Warren County scored on a nice sequence of passes that ultimately resulted in Natalie Reed scoring on a pass from Larissa Lopez.
Warren County 3
West Creek 2
Playing without three key players, the Lady Pioneers had enough offense to hold off a late charge from West Creek on Saturday.
West Creek scored on a corner kick late in the game to account for the final 3-2 margin.
Warren County was playing without Madison Mason (injured), and Isabel Kirby and Grace Iocona (ACT). Even shorthanded, the Lady Pioneers had enough firepower to prevail.
Roller scored twice and Winfree scored one to account for the Lady Pioneers three goals.
“Rylee Hilliard had an excellent tournament and was named to the all-tournament team,” said coach Willmore. “Saydee Winfree played through injuries during the entire tournament.”