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Lady Pioneers claim championship
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Knowing the No. 1 seed in the District 6-AAA tournament was already assured, the Warren County High School soccer team had little motivation going to Cumberland County Thursday night.By the time the Lady Pioneers left Crossville though, a rematch was all Warren County wanted despite extending its long winning streak over the Lady Jets.Physical play on the field and vandalism to Warren County vehicles off the field overshadowed a 5-0 victory for the Lady Pioneers.Thursday’s win was supposed to be an extended celebration from Tuesday night, when Warren County defeated Cookeville 4-1 to own any tiebreakers should the district standings finish in a tie.The Lady Pioneers made those conversations a moot point by downing the Lady Jets, but celebrating the team’s first outright regular-season district championship under coach Todd Willmore wasn’t in the cards when the team got to the parking lot.Several Warren County cars had been vandalized, which added to the frustration of the Lady Pioneers who thought the match had gotten too physical.Warren County senior Kimba Warden got the worst end of the brutal battle as she was given two questionable yellow cards, Willmore said, which resulted in the Lady Pioneers having to play the final 15 minutes with only 10 players. By then, Warren County had already built a 5-0 lead and even at a disadvantage the Lady Pioneers controlled action.Coach Willmore may not have agreed with some of the calls that went against his team, but he did think the play of the Lady Pioneers was more than enough to defeat the Lady Jets.“When the game started, Cumberland County put 10 defenders back trying to slow us down,” said Willmore.