All it took was one position shift for the Warren County High School soccer team to secure its second straight victory.
Warren County battled Webb to a scoreless tie into the second half before coach Matt Jackson brought his top scorer up on offense. Senior James Jackson delivered, scoring the winning goal late in a 1-0 victory.
Jackson is one the best scorers in the state, having made his mark over the last three years in the varsity level. This season under a new coaching staff, Jackson has moved to the back end to bolster the Pioneer defense.
Like a fire extinguisher, Jackson is always waiting in case of emergencies. Coach Jackson decided to break the glass in the second half.
After several promising scoring chances were snuffed out in the first half, including a diving stop just before halftime, coach Jackson decided at the break he may need to shift his leading scorer, and eldest son, to offense.
Webb’s offense hadn’t mounted any serious threats, leaving the Pioneers the option to make an offensive shift. Jax Griffith, Josh Macanus, Jerry Mrema and Braylon Kirby all made several deep pushes against the defense, mounting an onslaught against the Webb keeper. All the shots missed their mark though, sailing over the goal to keep the game scoreless.
Jackson only needed a small opening to net the winner.
After getting on the attack, Jackson was able got make an attack at the 18-yard box to the keeper’s left. Jackson made two swift moves, working to his right to get an inch of space. Jackson unleashed a shot across his body, beating a diving keeper to the left corner for the lead.
The Pioneers stood tall defensively in the later stages, protecting their lead for their second win in three days. On Tuesday, Warren County topped White County 7-0 – getting four goals from Jackson – for its first District 6AAA victory.
Warren County will try to make it three in a row Monday when it hits the road against Blackman. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. The Pioneers will face district foe Rhea County at home Thursday, with the game set to start at 7 p.m.