The Warren County High School soccer team had something special to celebrate Monday. Along with honoring the team’s seven seniors, the Pioneers put together their first winning streak of the season.
Warren County defeated Sequatchie County 4-0 at home, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Pioneers had previously picked up their first win this year against DeKalb County last Thursday, but winning at home for the team’s seven seniors was Monday’s goal. The senior class played a big part in making it happen.
Seniors Jacob Griffin and Robert Eschenbacher scored in the first half, while senior Hozzy Macias put the finishing touches on the game with late second-half goal to give Warren County its highest scoring output of the season.
Coach Todd Willmore, who has been worked the last four years with the majority of the senior class, was glad to see the group go out with a win.
“Most of these guys have been here four years, while some joined as sophomores,” said Willmore. “Since they’ve been together, they all really seem to enjoy playing together. That makes them fun to coach.”
The seven seniors, which include Griffin, Eschenbacher, Macias, Andrew Crouch, Ryan McColloch, Davis Adcock and Garrett Ortiz, were all on the field when Monday’s game began. The group quickly took control of the game as Griffin got the team on the scoreboard.
Getting a good pass from sophomore Cole Millard, Griffin was able to settle the ball and strike it past the Sequatchie County keeper for the game’s first goal. Griffin gave all the credit to Millard for the nice assist.
“Cole made a good run and set me up nicely,” said Griffin. “I wouldn’t have scored if not for the play he made.”
Eschenbacher helped extend the lead shortly before halftime. While running down a pass in the Sequatchie County zone, Eschenbacher found himself in a race with the keeper. Eschenbacher was the first to the ball and he was able to chip a shot over the keeper and into the net.
The senior shots put the Pioneers up 2-0 going into halftime, but the scoring didn’t stop in the second half.
Sophomore Ethan Bandy made it 3-0 shortly after played resumed. Bandy, the team’s top scorer, bounced a shot off the post and in as the Pioneers took a commanding lead.
Macias topped it off when he made a run on the left side, gathered himself to shoot and blasted the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net to push the Pioneers ahead 4-0.
Adcock, Ortiz, McColloch and Crouch made sure of the shutout as the team’s senior defense smothered Sequatchie County in the final minutes. Sophomore keeper Jacob Dodd made two key stops late as the Pioneers notched their first shutout.
Warren County had a chance Tuesday night to earn their seniors one more home game with a win over Cumberland County. With a victory, the Pioneers would play host to the play-in game in District 6-AAA tournament Monday. Results were unavailable at press time.