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Soccer slams Coffee County
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Photo courtesy of Painted Barn Media Hailey Simpson scored for the second time this year to help the Lady Pioneers down Coffee County 6-2 Tuesday at home.

The Lady Pioneers may have stumbled onto a winning formula Tuesday. Tiring out late doesn’t matter as much when you blow the game open early.

Warren County, riding high from two goals in the first two minutes, pounded Coffee County 6-2 for its fourth win. The Lady Pioneers, now 4-6 overall, completed the season sweep of the Lady Raiders behind a hat trick from Bekah Jackson and one goal each from Jayla Garibaldi, Hailey Simpson and Brooklyn Wanamaker.

Garibaldi and Jackson were in attack mode from the opening whistle, with both netting goals before Coffee County could even get comfortable on the road. Garibaldi netted her goal in the first minute, while Jackson made it 2-0 just 42 seconds later.

It was exactly what the team needed after holding tough in last week’s matchup with Franklin County, only to falter in the final 20 minutes as fatigue set in on a depleted roster.

“It was awesome,” said coach Kimberly Smith about the fast start. “We’ve struggled the last few weeks with being able to score, so it was a good feeling (to score two early goals) and it brought some encouragement to our girls.”

Jackson was just getting started when she pushed her team up by two in the second minute. She would add two more goals before halftime, the last coming on a 30-yard laser that left the visitors stunned. Jackson now has 11 goals in 10 games, inching her up the list of top scorers in school history.

Coffee County got on the board early in the second half, but the Lady Pioneers answered quickly. Simpson was able to rush up during an attack to score her second goal this year, then a minute later Wanamaker did the same thing and was rewarded for her hustle and relentless pressure.

“I loved that both of our center mids were able to score after working so hard this year,” said coach Smith.

It was the first goal of Wanamaker’s career and drew huge applause from the stands and on the Lady Pioneer sidelines. In an effort to improve the team overall, Wanamaker made the move to midfield this season after being named an all-district keeper last season and everybody was happy to see her get on the board.

“It’s exciting because Brooklyn has learned so much and does everything we ask of her. So to see it pay off was great. The girls were just as excited for her and knew it was well deserved,” said Smith.

Check back this weekend for information on Thursday's road matchup with Shelbyville.