It was a cold, wet Thursday afternoon at Pistole Park. Following the Pioneers outcome against Franklin South Middle School though, coach Matt Jackson may start calling it a perfect day for soccer.
Warren County got two goals from Ethan Bandy sandwiched around a goal from Roberto Avilla to down the Franklin South Trojans 3-1 at home in Central Tennessee Conference action.
Coach Jackson and his crew were the only team at the middle school to brave the conditions on Thursday, and fortunately the Pioneers responded to the cold, damp weather better than Franklin South.
Warren County and the Trojans spent most of the first minutes getting accustomed to the slick field, as neither offenses gained much traction.
The Pioneers finally struck first when Bandy found himself alone in the middle and fired a shot from just outside the 18 foot box. Bandy’s blast was too hot to handle, as the Franklin South keeper let the ball slip from his grasp and roll into the net.
It would be all the scoring in the first half as Warren County took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Franklin South answered back quickly in the second half however. The Trojans used their speed to frustrate the Pioneers, ultimately getting a breakaway opportunity and scoring the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half.
Warren County wasted little time answering the goal. Avilla attacked the heart of the Franklin South defense, but was swarmed by three defenders.
Avilla got just enough room to attempt a shot and his driving kick, which never left the ground, snuck under the Franklin South keeper’s diving attempt to put the Pioneers ahead 2-1.
Bandy capped off the victory by scoring his second goal with seconds left. Bandy got an open look from the left side and found the far right post to give Warren County a 3-1 win.
Following the varsity game, the junior varsity Pioneers took the field and won 4-0. Jacob Morin managed a hat trick, while John Haley scored Warren County’s other goal.
Haley didn’t have long to celebrate though, as he was taken down on his shot attempt and broke his collarbone. The injury could prevent him from competing the rest of the season.