The WCHS Lady Pioneers finished the season with a 13-4 record after defeating Independence on the road Monday night, 2-1. Independence is in Thompson Station, and the Williamson County team was a formidable opponent for the Lady Pioneers. It was a solid win for Warren County as they wait to start their district tournament next week.
Head coach Todd Willmore described the action against Independence as being a total team effort with excellent play across the board. Willmore praised his keeper and team play, “When Independence was able to get a good shot on goal, Brooklyn (Wanamaker) was in perfect position to make some great saves. Independence did score first in the first half on an excellent pass through our back line while one of their forwards was making a hard run off the ball. She was able to split us completing the play with a nice score. However, our girls were able to clean that up the remainder of the match and made Independence work extremely hard for everything. The half ended with Independence up 1-0.”
The Lady Pioneers tied the score 1-1 in the second half with a goal by Katie Toney. Coach Willmore said, “It was an outstanding shot from just outside the 18-yard box that blew by their keeper.” Breezy Wanamaker scored the Lady Pioneers second and game-winning goal late in the second half.
Coach Willmore described Breezy Wanamaker’s goal, “Jessica Chastain tracked down a ball in the corner after it had been played across the field. Jessica battled with their defender, winning the ball and finding Katie near the goal on our end line. Katie spun quickly, and dropped a perfect ball in front of the goal to Breezy, who finished the play with a shot into the back of the net.”
Warren County will start district tournament competition by hosting a home match next Tuesday, Oct. 12 against Shelbyville. The winner of that match will advance to the district championship on Thursday, Oct. 14. It is a good bet that Franklin County will be in that championship match on October 14, and if the Lady Pioneers make it to the championship, it would be the perfect time for Warren County to achieve revenge against Franklin County who has beaten the Lady Pioneers twice this season.
The top two teams for the district tournament will advance to the region tournament that begins on Oct. 19.