The Warren County Middle School soccer team kept its undefeated season intact Thursday night at Nunley Stadium with a dominating victory over White County.
The Pioneers kept the ball in front of Sparta’s goal most of the game in hammering out a 5-0 win on eighth grade night to improve to 8-0-1.
“We’re just a better all-around soccer team, but that’s to be expected when you have 15 eighth-graders,” said WCMS coach Matt Jackson. “I played all my eighth-graders the entire game. I didn’t use any seventh-graders in the varsity game at all.”
Using two goals from Juan Casas, the Pioneers built a 2-0 lead at halftime. When he wasn’t scoring, Casas did a good job controlling the ball in the middle of the field.
Jacob Morin resumed the scoring as soon as the second half began with a dazzling play. He beat the White County defense to the ball on a breakaway and was left with a one-on-one situation with the goalie.
The goalie came charging out and made a slide for the ball, but Morin chipped it over his outstretched body then regained control for a wide open tap in. That made it 3-0.
Connor Moore added the fourth goal when he found himself open just outside the box.
With a defender charging at him, Moore blooped a shot over the defensive player and the goalie for the score.
Jesus Santiago blasted in the final goal under heavy defensive pressure. Santiago was able to get just a step of separation from the defender and fired a shot to the near corner of the goal that just snuck past the keeper.
WCMS is the No. 1 seed in the Central Tennessee Conference tournament which starts this week. Since the Pioneers have a first-round bye, coach Jackson has scheduled a game Tuesday against Algood in Cookeville. Like WCMS, Algood finished first in its district.
“It will have sort of a regional tournament feel because they won their conference and we won ours,” said Jackson. “It will give us a good tune-up for the tournament.”