The Warren County High School girls soccer team was given a test when Livingston Academy came to town Thursday night, but it was mostly a test of patience.
Livingston Academy tried to slow down the high-octane offense of the Lady Pioneers by packing the box with defenders, but Warren County scored three second-half goals to take home a 4-0 victory and improve its record to 5-0.
The Lady Pioneers controlled the first half of action, with the ball rarely crossing into Warren County’s zone. Livingston Academy never attacked. Instead the team looked poised to try to play a scoreless game against the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County had several close looks in the first half, including Fran Duvall getting caught between trying to play a header or kick right beside the goal that resulted in a missed opportunity.
Just before halftime though, the Lady Pioneers struck. Ayla Anish got an open look and capitalized, giving Warren County a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Coach Todd Willmore urged his team at halftime to keep playing hard, knowing anything can happen when leading by just one.
“I hate 1-0 scores,” said Willmore. “One little thing can happen, one mistake, and it’s tied. Our girls did a good job of being aggressive in the second half.”
Before Livingston Academy could settle back in its defensive shell, the Lady Pioneers struck quickly for two goals.
Lauren Roller and Madison Smartt each scored early in the second half, turning a small lead into a blowout.
Morgan McCormick wrapped up the Lady Pioneers’ scoring with a blast from nearly 30 yards out near the end of the second half. McCormick had an open look just across midfield and kicked one over the Livingston Academy keeper’s head to put Warren County ahead 4-0.
The three goals in the second half pleased coach Willmore, but it wasn’t a strategy shift that opened up Warren County offensively.
“We didn’t do anything different in the second half,” said Willmore. “The girls just had better touches and got good looks.”
The Lady Pioneers took the weekend off to rest before putting their undefeated record on the line tomorrow night. Warren County will play host to the Blackman Lady Blaze at 7 p.m.
The Lady Pioneers also play on Tuesday night when the Shelbyville Lady Eagles make the trip to McMinnville. The game at Warren County High School soccer field Tuesday will also begin at 7 p.m.