The Warren County Lady Pioneers beat Shelbyville Central 4-1 in their soccer game Thursday night.
The Lady Pioneers kept the ball on Shelbyville’s side of the field the majority of the first half. The few times Shelbyville got the ball on Warren County’s end, the defense lead by senior Natalie Stepien shut them down.
Senior Breezy Wanamaker scored Warren County’s first goal off a corner kick by Bekah Jackson. Jackson scored the next goal 19 minutes into the game. Jessica Chastain scored the third goal by following up a shot from Katie Toney that deflected off Shelbyville’s keeper.
Shelbyville was beginning to get frustrated by halftime and resorted to fouls. By halftime the score was 3-0.
Shelbyville started the second half more aggressive and attacked immediately. Warren County still managed to hold them off and keeper Brooklyn Wanamaker stopped the few shots they managed. Two yellow cards were given to Shelbyville players for fouling and the center referee had to give a warning to Shelbyville’s parent section.
Toney scored the fourth goal for Warren County despite being pushed around. Shelbyville only started to break through Warren County’s defense in the last minutes of the game and got a shot off scoring with only 40 seconds left in the game.
WCHS head coach Todd Willmore was pleased with the win, but says they will need to work on some things.
“A district win is always good to get, especially when we struggled a little bit last week not being able to get much of a practice in because of the weather,” said Willmore. “It was nice they played really well the first half. It was good to see. Second half, I felt like we let up just a little, especially right there at the end. We gave up kind of a cheap goal with less than a minute to play. We have to stay focused throughout.”
The Lady Pioneers will have a busy week this week with three games in a row.
“It is going to be a tough week,” said Willmore. “We have three games Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, so we’ll have to really come and be ready to play. If we can just build on what we did in the first half, we should be good.”
Warren County’s next game will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 against Franklin County at home starting at 6 p.m.