Sometimes it’s easier to work smarter than it is work harder. The Pioneer soccer team used this philosophy Tuesday night to defeat White County.
Warren County dominated a home match 4-0 over the visiting Warriors, getting two goals from freshman John Jackson for the team’s fourth District 6AAA victory.
“It was a good, solid win. It gave us an opportunity to rest some people and move around some guys,” said coach Matt Jackson. “We worked on some strategies throughout the match, really focusing on possessing the ball and making passes from wide angles to set up scoring chances.”
Getting to experiment with different lineups and training on the fly was made easier when Warren County ran out to a quick two-goal advantage. The scoring was swift and similar, with both goals coming after taking advantage of a sleeping White County defense.
James Jackson showed his quick thinking early when the Pioneers were awarded a free kick near the White County goal. While the Warriors debated the foul call, James quickly set the ball and found his younger brother open in front of the net. James set up John for the quick strike, leaving White County shocked.
It worked again just moments later.
John returned the favor on another free kick, again setting up a quick play while White County was trying to debate a foul call. This time is was James who scored, leaving Warren County celebrating a 2-0 lead while the Warriors wondered what just happened.
“It was a good sign of soccer IQ. I think both times was about knowing the rules of the game and how to use it to your advantage in the moment,” said the head coach.
Adrian Tejas, who returned from an injury, made an immediate impact by scoring the team’s third first-half goal. Tejas held his position on a corner kick, getting a header through on the short corner to stretch the lead.
John Jackson added his second goal early in the second half before the Pioneers made switches and cruised to the shutout.
Warren County made the trip Thursday night to Cookeville for a rematch with the district-leading Cavaliers. The score was unavailable at press time.
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