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Pioneers beat Covenant in indoor game
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Senior Pioneers Marvin Franco and Carter Smith, No. 8, fight off some Lions from Covenant Academy for control of the ball Tuesday night. Covenant Academy players, from left, are Ian Lyles, Caleb Hines, Ethan Hillis and Madison Madewell, No. 12.

Covenant Academy’s high school soccer team visited Warren County for the Pioneers’ Senior Night on Tuesday. Lightning and rain moved the match into the indoor Facility at Warren County that created a faster, more exciting match. The Pioneers won 4-0 over the Lions, a tough opponent.

The Lions had some exceptional goalie saves by Smit Patel who had 11 saves. Garryn Duggin made 2 saves in relief of Patel. 

Both teams rotated players and a big difference in the two teams was the all-boys Pioneer soccer team played against a coed Lions team. Madison Madewell made some good defensive stops as a defender around the goal in the match for the Lions, and Savannah Duggin was a physical player as well for the Lions.

Warren County was more aggressive and had more shots on goal. The biggest player in the match, senior Pioneer Marvin Franco, went down to the turf after a mix-up with the Lions Savannah Duggin. Franco suffered some burns on the turf, and he received some ribbing from a newspaper reporter after the match.

The teams enjoyed playing each other in The Facility. Fans lined the sidelines and tried to not get hit by a fast-moving soccer ball. Warren County begins district tournament action Tuesday, and must win against Soddy Daisy to keep its season alive.

PIONEER HEAD COACH COMMENTS

Head coach Matt Jackson commented on the excitement of playing indoors. Jackson said, “That was fun. Indoor soccer is all about fast passing, and you can defend a goal that is that small. They were able to defend, and we really had to work to get some goals. At halftime we talked about instead of shooting straight at the goalie, to catch a different angle on the keeper. We tried to make a quick pass to get an angle. It really made us work on quick passing. It was good practice for us.”


PLAYER COMMENTS

Covenant Academy player Savannah Duggin was asked how it felt knocking down Marvin Franco. Duggin replied, “It felt pretty good. I accidently tripped him.”

Pioneer Marvin Franco was asked about being knocked down by a girl in the match. Franco replied, “No comment. I got burned (by the artificial turf).”


PIONEER GOALS

John Jackson 1, Joan Garcia 1, Renato Rodriguez 1 and Ayden Guevara 1.


NEXT MATCHES

The Pioneers host Soddy Daisy in the district tournament on Tuesday. If Warren County wins, the Pioneers will play the winner of the Cookeville – Rhea County match on Thursday. If Cookeville wins, Warren County would travel to Cookeville, but if Cookeville loses, then Rhea County would come to the Pioneers on Thursday.

If the Pioneers advance to Thursday, they will host a region tournament match on the following Tuesday, May 18.