It took the Lady Pioneer soccer team a little while to get started on Thursday night, but when it did, it was all over for the visiting White County Warriorettes.
Warren County rolled off four goals in the span of 14 minutes of game time en route to defeating White County 7-0 at home.
Lauren Roller scored two goals in the final six minutes, then Morgan McCormick and Ayla Anish added goals in succession to begin the second half as the Lady Pioneers turned a one-goal game into a blowout.
Coach Todd Willmore saw his team change gears right before halftime and take care of business in a pivotal District 6-AAA match.
“Our intensity picked up in the final six minutes of the first half,” said Willmore. “We kept attacking and getting good looks.”
Kimba Warden got the Lady Pioneer offense started early. Warden took a pair of corner kicks, but Warren County couldn’t find any open looks up close. After Warden’s second corner kick, the ball was played back outside where Warden was open.
Warden took a long shot from the left wing and buried it in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
The Lady Pioneers had a number of opportunities to add to the lead midway through the first half, but were turned away each time. Ayla Anish had a chip shot ricochet off the keeper’s hands and hit the cross bar for a near miss, while Warden nailed another long shot but was called offsides on the play.
Roller finally got the Lady Pioneers back on the board with a goal right before halftime. Roller found room to roam and connected on her first goal of the season as well.
Roller didn’t want to wait four more games for her second goal. Just three minutes later, Roller was celebrating again as she beat the White County keeper and sent the Lady Pioneers to the locker rooms winning 3-0.
Coach Willmore told his team he wanted to see the lead swell to five in the opening minutes of the second half and the Lady Pioneers obliged.
McCormick scored her third goal of the week to begin the second half, then last year’s leading scorer Ayla Anish put the Lady Pioneers ahead 5-0 with 30 minutes to play.
Coach Willmore gave many of his younger players an opportunity to get their first varsity action, but it didn’t seem to slow down the Lady Pioneers’ offense.
Kristen Maynard and Erika Myers each scored in the second half to round out the Lady Pioneers 7-0 victory over the Warriorettes.
It was the second straight shutout for the Lady Pioneers, which was preserved by five saves each from Lyndi Dodd and Jessie Newby.
With the win, Warren County improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in District 6-AAA. The Lady Pioneers return to action Tuesday when they travel to Cumberland County for another district game. Warren County and the Lady Jets will face off in Crossville beginning at 5 p.m.