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Lady Pioneers pick up pair of victories
Saydee Winfree
Saydee Winfree, pictured in an earlier home game, scored in the second half of Tuesday's 4-1 win over Rhea County. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

It took the Lady Pioneers awhile to get their offense going this week, but it hasn’t slowed down once the scoring started in the second half of Tuesday’s game in Rhea County.
Warren County broke open a scoreless District 6-AAA game with four goals in the second half to beat the Lady Eagles 4-1, then followed it up with a 6-0 victory over Clarksville Northeast Wednesday in the opening round of the Ladies Championship tournament held in Nashville.
With the victories, Warren County is now 5-1 this season and ran its winning streak to four straight matches.
It took an entire half for the Lady Pioneers to figure out Rhea County’s defensive strategy Tuesday. Warren County had several looks at the goal, but none would find the back of the net.
It wasn’t until junior Saydee Winfree hit the mark in the second half the floodgates would come open.
Winfree, known for her strong defense and solid play in the midfield, worked her way into scoring position when the Lady Pioneers began pushing forward in the second half.
Winfree got an open look and her aim was true to put Warren County ahead 1-0.
It was rapid fire scoring once Winfree hit the net.
Freshman Abby Roller added her first of two goals to make it 2-0, though Rhea County quickly cut the lead in half with a score of its own.
Warren County wasn’t rattled by the goal as freshman Sally Willmore continued her impressive first season by answering the home team’s score with one of her own. It was Willmore’s fourth goal of the season to go along with two assists.
Roller, another key freshman contributor, added her second goal late to help Warren County improve to 2-0 in District 6-AAA play. The Lady Pioneers beat Cumberland County 1-0 at home last week.
The Lady Pioneer offense carried the momentum into Wednesday when the team made the trip to Nashville to begin play in the Ladies Championship tournament.
Led by sophomore Madison Mason’s hat trick, Warren County had no problem dispatching Clarksville in its first of three pool-play games. Olivia Ming added two goals against Clarksville while Isabel Kirby scored once. Roller, Willmore, Rylee Hilliard and Neva Tackett all had assists.
The Lady Pioneers were back in pool play Thursday night against Mt. Juliet, but the game wasn’t completed at press time. Action will continue into the weekend, starting with Friday’s match against West Creek.