A slow start finally caught up to the Lady Pioneers.
After weeks of being able to overcome allowing early goals, the Warren County High School soccer team didn’t have the equalizer Thursday in the Tournament of Champions. Pope John Paul II scored in the first six minutes and never looked back, winning 4-0 and handing Warren County its first loss.
“We began the match a little sluggish and lethargic and gave up a goal early,” said coach Todd Willmore following the match. “Most of the blame falls on me. I was unable to get the girls properly motivated for the match, which attributed to our slow start. The beauty of the situation or the silver lining is we get an opportunity to redeem ourselves Saturday.”
Warren County (4-1-2) faced Merrill Hyde Magnet and Lipscomb Academy Saturday in the packed tournament held in Nashville. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Knights were the third team to score against Warren County in the opening minutes, but the first to hold on to the lead. The Lady Pioneers cranked up the intensity after falling behind, getting two scoring chances off a pair of corner kicks in the first half. Both were stopped though, while the Lady Knights added to their cushion in the final minutes of the first half.
Ine the second half, the lead swelled to three when Pope John Paul II won a race to a goal kick and immediately played it back to a vacated Warren County net. The Lady Knights capped off the victory with a goal in the final minute.
“During the second half, we had moments where we played well. We never got any good looks at the goal though. Their back line was solid and very quick, which stopped many of our scoring opportunities,” said Willmore.
Following the busy weekend, the Lady Pioneers will dive into District 6AAA play this week Warren County will face Rhea County at home Thursday. Action is set to start at 6 p.m.