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Lady Pioneers win on penalty kicks
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Natalie Stepien made the final penalty kick against Shelbyville on Tuesday night on the road to help win the match for the Lady Pioneers. Stepien is shown kicking the ball away from the goal in a match earlier this season against Oakland. Keeper Brooklyn Wanamaker is in green. - photo by Brad Durham

The high school Lady Pioneer soccer team traveled to Shelbyville on Tuesday night for a district match and came away with a 2-1 overtime win. 

Katie Toney scored Warren County’s goal during regulation that Lady Pioneer head coach Todd Willmore stated was a “thing of beauty.” The real excitement came during overtime with penalty kicks.

The match against Shelbyville ended in a 1-1 tie. Shelbyville was a quality opponent who defended the Lady Pioneers by dropping back seven defenders that stopped almost all of Warren County’s offensive attacks.

Teams in the district made the decision that all district matches must have a winner, and the tie is to be decided with penalty kicks in overtime. The win against Shelbyville gave Warren County an 8-2 record for the season. 


Coach Willmore described the overtime action, “Shelbyville was first to shoot and made their shot. We countered with a score. This sequence proceeded for the first 3 penalty kicks. However, Brooklyn appeared to gain a little more confidence with each penalty kick. Ironically, we actually worked on penalty kicks Monday during practice. Brooklyn made two incredible saves in a row on their fourth and fifth attempts. The match ended with Natalie blasting a shot into the side net. The girls were ecstatic after all the drama! The players who scored penalty kicks for us in the shoot-out were Katie Toney, Bekah Jackson, Carmen Verdel, and Natalie Stepien in that order.”


The Lady Pioneers were at Franklin County last night as the Southern Standard was going to print. Warren County will be on the road again Tuesday against district rival Coffee County. The Lady Pioneers return home Thursday, Sept. 23 against Shelbyville.

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