The Warren County High School girls soccer team got a week-long training session in right before the start of fall practice. Twenty members of the Lady Pioneers returned to town Thursday after attending the University of Tennessee Chattanooga team soccer camp last week.
The Lady Pioneers traveled to Chattanooga where they were able to work with Kevin Mounce, the head coach of Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. The Division-I coach did individual and team training sessions with the Lady Pioneers throughout the week before giving each player an evaluation before their departure.
Along with working with coach Mounce, the Lady Pioneers played 5-on-5 games against several teams from Tennessee and squads from Georgia and Florida. The scrimmages was a chance for the new Lady Pioneer starters to build bonds.
The team is looking to replace a senior class that claimed two district titles and was a win away from the state tournament a year ago.
Coach Mounce wasn’t the only person who spoke to the Lady Pioneers throughout camp. Warren County players also heard speakers on a variety of topics, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology and college recruiting.
By the end of the week, two returning starters from last year’s team continued to add accolades to their résumés.
Seniors Morgan McCormick and Ansley Mullican, who were named to the all-state team last year and have each been named District 6-AAA MVP, were selected as camp all-stars at UTC and were able to play in an all-star match featuring other all-stars and camp counselors.
Coach Todd Willmore accompanied his team on the trip and thought the Lady Pioneers gained a lot of insight from the camp.
“All our girls improved throughout the week and had a positive experience,” said Willmore.
The Lady Pioneers will begin fall practice Monday in preparation for the season. Warren County will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 20 with a home game against Sequatchie County.
Fans will get an early sneak peek at the Lady Pioneers Friday, Aug. 9 when Warren County holds an alumni match and intersquad scrimmage at Warren County High School. The event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.