Unhampered by inclement weather, the WCHS soccer team played a physical makeup game with White County on Tuesday, taking the district win 5-1 in a contest that left both teams warned and one team a man short.
From the start, it was obvious Warren County’s skill set would prevail. However it seemed White County would make up for its lack of skill by playing physical.
Warren County (4-1 district) did a good job of playing quickly so the Warriors didn’t have time to try and hack at the ball and take legs out with it. F.D. De Santiago showed he could beat the defense if he could just get a good pass. At the 10-minute mark he had his moment as the keeper came out at him. His precision shot beat the keeper for the first goal. De Santiago also scored the game’s second goal, 2-0.
The game took an even more physical turn when Pioneer James Jackson got the ball on a corner kick and took a hard shot from about 15 yards out for the second goal, 3-0.
The Warriors were able to retaliate with a goal just before the half, 3-1, as the Warren County D relaxed a bit too much. The game’s physical tone got even more heated with a few hard challenges on the ball, but no fouls were called.
Then, as Jackson came charging through to take the ball away from a White County player, the Warriors retaliated and fouled him hard, sending him tumbling. The referee decided the Warrior offender deserved a red card, leaving White County one man short the rest of the game.
In the second half, with an extra man, Warren County was able to utilize the passing game to its advantage and make more substitutions. Jacob Morin, and Adrian Tejas added to the score on breakaway goals, 5-1.
Although two yellow cards were issued in the second half, the game ended with Warren County able to play through the roster. The Pioneers are hoping to make up a game with Tullahoma on Friday night, but will be missing quite a few starters due to the high school prom.
The Pioneers' next game will be senior night on Tuesday, May 2, before beginning the district tournament.