Warren County High School Lady Pioneer soccer started the first half extremely well during its 1-0 loss to Coffee County. Warren County defended the Lady Raider offense all over the field and put considerable pressure on the back four for Coffee County.
WCHS head coach Todd Willmore said, “It was a tough loss for us and it was a match we felt like we should have won, but give Coffee credit, they played well.”
In the first 15 minutes of the game, the Lady Pioneers had at least four shots on goal that did not slip past the Lady Raider goal keeper.
Unfortunately halfway through the first 40 minutes, Coffee County was able to transition past the Lady Pioneer defenders and fire a shot on goal from just outside the corner of the 18 which sailed just past Lady Pioneer Bailey Walker’s outstretched arms for a Lady Raider 1-0 lead.
Coffee County continued to play a very aggressive defense and held the Lady Pioneers scoreless as the two teams headed into the break.
Warren County scored off a corner kick in the second half to knot the score at 1-1. Warren County’s excitement was short-lived and the goal nullified due to an offsides penalty. The score remained 1-0 in favor of Coffee County.
For the remainder of the second half, the Lady Raider defense did an excellent job of winning balls and pressuring Warren County into some tough situations. The Lady Pioneers had a few more chances to tie the match.
Warren County had several looks and the best opportunity occurred with two minutes left. Coffee County defended it well and the Lady Pioneers were unable to convert.
In its game versus Stone Memorial, the Lady Pioneers left the mountain with a 3-1 victory.
Coach Willmore said, “The first half was not our best. We were more reactive rather than proactive. We had several other opportunities. Allison Cripps had a chance inside the box. Sally Willmore had a shot hit the cross bar and several others. Natalie Reed, Larissa Ruiz, and Roller had shots sail just wide.”
Warren County scored late in the first half when Madison Mason found Abby Roller in the middle of the field. Roller booted the ball past the goal keeper to even the score just before half at 1-1.
The second half was much better for Warren County and the offense settled in and the defense turned up its intensity. Defensive pressure all over the field gave the Lady Pioneers multiple opportunities to score, including four corner kicks and several direct shots.
The last goal occurred after Olivia Ming pressured a Lady Jet defender. Ming gained possession and passed the ball into the middle of the field. After a few passes, Madison Mason ended up with the ball just outside the 18 and put a nice shot past the Lady Jet goalie and Warren County led 3-1.
Coach Willmore added, “Our defense was the key to our second-half performance. We did an excellent job of high pressure all over the field.”
The Lady Pioneers will compete in the Ladies Championship this weekend in Nashville followed by three road games. They will return home Sept. 22 versus Cascade.