The WCHS Lady Pioneer soccer team ran into a formidable opponent Thursday night at Franklin County, losing 4-2.
It was a match that had some debatable calls by officials, some roughing up of Katie Toney, and in the end, some mistakes and lost opportunities by the Lady Pioneers, whose season record is now 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the district.
According to sources, Franklin County was all over Katie Toney. She was pulled down, grabbed by her jersey, pushed, and never received a call for a free kick. This is something Toney has become accustomed to, and during a match, she responds with intensity and impressive composure. Make no mistake about it, soccer is a contact sport and Toney is getting hammered.
One of the questionable calls came early in the match, but it did not involve Katie Toney. Lady Pioneer keeper Brooklyn Wanamaker appeared to have the save with the ball on the ground in her hands.
From a Warren County perspective, a Franklin County player dislodged the ball and put it in for a score. The center and a side official reviewed the play and allowed it. That decision took some wind out of Warren County’s sails, but the Lady Pioneers bounced back.
Katie Toney scored Warren County’s first goal with great assistance from teammates.
Head coach Todd Willmore detailed how it happened, “Bailey Bundy won the ball and carried the ball forward finding Breezy Wanamaker on the sideline. Breezy made a great turn to beat her defender and played an early ball toward the middle of the field to Bekah Jackson. Bekah found Katie Toney near the center of the field. Katie blew by their last defender with only the keeper to beat, who had come way off her line attempting to make a save high in the box, and was able to slide the ball past her for our first score. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.”
Savannah Winfree scored the Lady Pioneers other goal in the second half after Franklin County had taken a 2-1 lead. Coach Willmore described Winfree’s goal, “Savannah came streaking through the middle of the box, basically sacrificing her body and hammering a ball into the back of the net that had been crossed from the side.”
Coach Willmore summed up the match succinctly, “This was a tough loss, but overall our effort and intensity was excellent. I was very proud of the girls.”
The Lady Pioneers are back in action Tuesday at Coffee County in another district match. They will be home Thursday against district foe Shelbyville.