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Lady Pioneers clobber Ooltewah
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Senior defender Savannah Winfree throws the ball in Tuesday. The Lady Pioneer defense worked hard to keep the Lady Pioneers in control in their home matchup against Ooltewah. - photo by Taylor Moore
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Freshman Jayla Garibaldi keeps an Ooltewah defender away from the ball. Garibaldi had 3 assists and 1 goal to help WC win, 6-0.

WCHS saw success at home as the girls soccer team defeated Ooltewah 6-0 behind an aggressive second half. 

“We played a low-pressure defense in the first half, but it was just too slow,” said WCHS coach Kimberly Smith, getting her first win as a high school coach. “So the second half, we came out with high pressure and gave it to them.”

She was right as the Lady Pioneers only managed to score one goal in the first half, but Warren scored 5 times in the second half. The game didn’t start easy as Ooltewah’s goalkeeper wasn’t allowing much past her. 

Sharpshooter Bekah Jackson took plenty shots on goal, but the keeper caught every shot. Freshman Jayla Garibaldi also took a shot that was caught making it hard on Warren County’s offense. 

However, the Lady Pioneers (1-0) made it hard on Ooltewah’s offense as they hardly gained possession as Warren County dominated control.

When the Lady Owls managed to get past the midfielders, Savannah Winfree led the defensive line to keep the ball away from their goal. Amy Garcia also put in work on defense to keep the ball away from any Ooltewah forwards. 

Hailey Simpson was a force in the middle moving around Owls toward the goal. She and Jackson continued attempting shots trying to go over the goalie’s head, but they were too high. Finally, Warren County was awarded a corner kick where Jackson made herself open.

As the ball came to her, it was in the goal just as quickly. This gave the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 lead going into the second half. 

A tight game quickly ended as the Lady Pioneers would go on a scoring streak. Jackson connected for 3 more goals, and Garibaldi and Simpson both scored a goal each totaling 5 overall in the second half.

Garibaldi also played great forward with 3 assists, helping WC take a victory over the Lady Owls. Coach Smith said, “I think we passed really well, and putting it in the back of the net was definitely one of our strengths.”

It wasn’t all positive, however. Smith said, “After tonight, we have some things we can work on.”