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Lady Pioneers whip LaVergne

Once the Lady Pioneers started scoring in LaVernge, they never stopped.

Warren County whipped the Lady Wolverines on the road Thursday night, winning 9-0 in a soccer match that was stopped by mercy rule.

Freshman Bekah Jackson finished with a hat trick, while Katie Toney scored twice and dished out four assists in the romp.

Warren County (9-4-2) needed just two minutes to take the lead for good. Jackson and Toney, the team’s lethal 1-2 punch, teamed up for the early goal.

Toney attracted four defenders in front of LaVergne’s goal, giving her a chance to dish to a wide-open Jackson. The freshman ripped a shot into the left side of the net.

The Lady Pioneers kept up the scoring barrage from there.

Toney added an unassisted goal six minutes later, blazing past two defenders before beating the keeper. The sophomore dished to Jackson four minutes later for the team’s third goal.

Before LaVergne could regroup, Toney was back in the home team’s zone. This time, she was shoved from behind, drawing a foul and a penalty kick. Toney calmly buried the shot, sending the ball just inches away from LaVergne’s diving keeper.

Sarai Ruiz made it 5-0 when she scored off a corner from Savannah Cox before Breezy Wanamaker gave her team a six-goal lead before the break, scoring with four minutes left in the first half.

Wanamaker added to her highlight reel to begin the second half, heading in a corner kick from Jackson.

By the time Toney fed Jackson for her third goal and Jaden Smartt for a wide-open score in the second half, the match was called.

The Lady Pioneers will have a pair of tune-up games this week before the District 6AAA tournament begins the following week. Warren County will play host to Cannon County Tuesday and conclude the regular season at DeKalb County Thursday.

Tuesday’s home game will serve as senior night. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and recognition of seniors will be done at halftime.

Warren County also already knows its first opponent for the district tournament. As the No. 2 seed, the Lady Pioneers will be at home Tuesday, Oct. 15 to take on Cookeville.