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Toney makes top 11
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WCHS graduate Katie Toney was named one of the top 11 players at a national soccer tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Katie Toney can add another award to her growing list of achievements as she was named Best XI during the Youth Soccer National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando last weekend. 

Out of all the 18U players in the national tournament, Toney was voted in the top 11.

“I am thankful that I had some really good games during the tournament. It is an honor,” said Toney.

Toney was playing alongside fellow Lady Pioneer Bekah Jackson on the select team based out of Murfreesboro called Tennessee Soccer Club. The team advanced far into the competition playing a total of four games and making it all the way to the semifinals. Toney was a little surprised with their success, but knew her team would play well. 

“It was a little unexpected, but we did have a good team so it wasn’t like it was impossible. I knew we were going to do well,” said Toney.

They beat a team from Kansas 4-2 in the first game and beat a team from Ohio 2-1 in the second. Tennessee Soccer Club tied 0-0 with a team from New York and later faced a team from Pennsylvania in the semifinals and lost 5-1. 

Toney had a hat trick in the opener and finished with 4 goals in the team’s two wins.

Toney is now focusing on Tennessee Tech soccer. The record breaking Lady Pioneer signed a scholarship to play for the Golden Eagles this fall. She says she begins training with the Tennessee Tech team this Tuesday, Aug. 2, and their first exhibition match is Aug. 7. 

Toney is ready to start this next chapter of her life with her new team. 

“I am pretty excited and nervous because I am going to be playing with some of the best girls I have ever played with. I am really excited for that and to be in a new environment with a new team,” said Toney.

During her time as a Lady Pioneer, Toney had 113 career goals and 57 assists. This is the WCHS record holder for goals scored in a career.

She was also a three-year, all-district MVP, and four-year all-region player along with multiple other titles and awards. The title of Best XI is her latest accomplishment.