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Lady Pioneers, Soddy Daisy battle to tie
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If the regular season matchup between the Warren County High School soccer team and Soddy Daisy Lady Trojans is a precursor to things to come in the regional tournament, then a rematch will be a must-see event.After falling behind 3-0 in the first half, the Lady Pioneers rallied with five goals in the second half to salvage a 5-5 tie against the top-ranked team from District 5-AAA.Warren County (12-6-1) got off to a rocky start against the Lady Trojans, something the Lady Pioneers wanted to avoid to their perennial postseason opponent.Soddy Daisy has ended the Lady Pioneers’ season the past two years in the regional tournament, but Warren County coach Todd Willmore wanted a regular-season look at the Lady Trojans the last two years in hopes of giving his Lady Pioneers a tough test before the district tournament.Soddy Daisy won the regular-season matchup last year 5-1 and went on to beat Warren County 6-0 in the regional tournament, but Tuesday’s match at Warren County High School soccer complex saw the Lady Pioneers fight back against the Lady Trojans.Soddy Daisy took an early advantage when a 30-yard shot went over keeper Lyndi Dodd’s head and into the back of the net. A second long-range shot made it 2-0 midway through the first half and the Lady Trojans tacked on their third goal with five minutes remaining in the first half.Coach Willmore could tell the mood of his team was sour at halftime, but the Lady Pioneers had rallied from a deficit against Cookeville a week prior and their coach knew they could do it again.“The girls were obviously a little down at halftime,” said Willmore. “We’re falling behind, but we keep fighting and working.