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Rallying for the win
Sally Willmore
Freshman Sally Willmore, pictured in a home game earlier this season, scored twice to help the Lady Pioneers beat Ooltewah 4-2 Thursday night. Fellow freshman Abby Roller also scored two goal in the team's second victory. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
When the chips were down for the Warren County High School girls soccer team in Ooltewah, a pair of the youngest Lady Pioneers were there to save the day.After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, freshmen Sally Willmore and Abby Roller each scored two goals to push the Lady Pioneers past the Lady Owls 4-2 Thursday night.Warren County (2-1) seemed to be in shock by the quick early attack by the home team. Ooltewah was on the board in the first two minutes, then followed with a second score midway through the first half before the Lady Pioneers took over the game.The Lady Owls used a handball called on the Lady Pioneers in the box to score their first goal. The whistle on Warren County gave Ooltewah a penalty kick, one junior keeper Bailey Walker couldn’t corral.It wasn’t long before the Lady Pioneers saw Ooltewah connect on another goal, this time scoring during game action with 20 minutes left in the first half.Coach Todd Willmore tried to settle his team after the second score and his message finally seemed to hit home in the final 10 minutes of the first half.The Lady Pioneers began to play with more patience and precision, allowing the offense to get good looks at the goal.Roller gave Warren County the momentum going into the break when she scored off an assist from Olivia Ming with three minutes to go before halftime.It wouldn’t be long into the second half before the match was tied.Warren County took the opening kickoff and immediately moved downfield, where Sally Willmore controlled the ball outside the 18-yard box.