The WCMS Lady Pioneer soccer team couldn’t continue to ride a wave of momentum from a season-opening win against DeKalb County.
Tullahoma proved to be a much more difficult test Friday night in McMinnville.
Warren County showed determination and fight, but Tullahoma prevailed, 6-2.
It was a symmetrical game as Tullahoma outscored the Lady Pioneers 3-1 in each half.
It was the season-opener for Tullahoma, which could very well be the team to beat this year in the CTC under coach Matt Nichols.
Addison Steakley got the Lady Pioneers on the board in the opening half after Maci McBride was fouled in the box and Warren County was awarded a penalty kick. Steakley took the PK and fired a shot to the left side of the goal that rocketed past the keeper.
Tullahoma held a 3-1 lead at the half and WCMS looked to start the second half strong by maintaining possession early. Tullahoma withstood Warren County’s charges on goal and was able to clear the ball downfield.
Warren County allowed Tullahoma to win a footrace and score in fast break fashion to grow the lead to 4-1.
Chloe Wanamaker responded in a big way for the Lady Pioneers when she muscled her way through a Tullahoma defender
and was able to track down the ball in the open field. Wanamaker showed her skill, dribbling in for a 1-on-1 with the goalie and she fired a hard shot to the near post for a beautiful score to cut the lead to 4-2.
Lady Pioneer keeper Kylie Swarthout was extremely active in goal, flying around to stop several Tullahoma shots. She came out aggressively to pounce on a ball in front of the goal to prevent a Tullahoma score, but she hurt her leg in the process and was forced out of the game.
The Lady Cats tacked on two late goals to emerge with the win, 6-2.