The Warren County Middle School girls soccer team has had some easy wins this season, but none were easier than the one the Lady Pioneers picked up late Tuesday afternoon.
After it was ruled Franklin South Middle School, which went undefeated in Central Tennessee Conference play this season, played an ineligible player, the team had to forfeit all of its games from the season, including a win over Warren County Aug. 27.
The loss had been the lone blemish on the Lady Pioneer record going into this weekend’s tournament and the reason Warren County was supposed to play a CTC tournament game Wednesday night at home, but the forfeit handed the Lady Pioneers a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in this week’s CTC tournament held in Tullahoma.
The Lady Pioneers were the No. 1 seed a season ago and played host to the CTC tournament, but Warren County fell in overtime to Shelbyville Harris Middle School in the finals.
If the Warren County Middle School varsity team wins the tournament tomorrow, it will be the second championship for coach Matt Walker in the span of eight days.
The junior varsity Lady Pioneers completed an undefeated season last Saturday by winning four games in the CTC tournament to claim the championship.
Opportunistic offense and a dynamic defense led the Lady Pioneers to be crowned tournament champions.
Warren County didn’t surrender a goal in four matches, while Clara McCormick and Abby Roller had huge days to power the Lady Pioneer offense.
Warren County beat Franklin South 4-0, Coffee County 3-0, Franklin North 2-0 and Shelbyville Harris 2-0 in the finals.
McCormick started her day with two goals and an assist in the 4-0 victory over Franklin South. Ellen Bandy and Roller each had one goal as Warren County advanced with an easy win.
Roller had two goals against Coffee County, while McCormick scored once to help the Lady Pioneers win their second game. McCormick assisted on one of Roller’s goals, while Madison Merriman assisted on the other.
McCormick found Bandy twice for scores in the third game as the passing for Warren County was too much for Franklin North to handle.
Warren County struck quickly in the championship as McCormick found Roller early to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 advantage.
Sally Willmore gave Warren County the insurance goal it needed to take the title.
Willmore split the Shelbyville defense and scored on an unassisted goal as the Lady Pioneers went on to win 2-0 in the championship game.
Coach Walker praised his young team, which finished the season 13-0-1, following the game.
“After two undefeated regular seasons, I was proud to see the girls get the reward they deserved,” said Walker. “They played easily their best game and were clearly dominant in the championship.”
The varsity team will begin its quest for a CTC tournament championship tomorrow with a match against Coffee County at 9 a.m. With a win, Warren County would move into the championship game at 3 p.m.