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WCHS ends long drought against Lady Cavaliers
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There’s a new favorite in District 6-AAA and it’s the Warren County Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Pioneers soccer team staked its claim as the best team in the district on Thursday night by crushing the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers 5-2 in front of a packed crowd at Warren County High School.
Warren County has had its share of troubles with Cookeville of late, especially since District 6-AAA was formed three years ago. The Lady Pioneers hadn’t beaten the Lady Cavaliers in the new district, either losing or tying seven straight times.
Warren County didn’t just take out its frustrations over the losses, it dominated Cookeville completely in the first half to the delight of the raucous crowd.
The Lady Pioneers scored four times in the first half to go into halftime leading 4-0 and stunning the road- weary Lady Cavaliers.
Sophomore Ansley Mullican got the scoring started when she found room on the left side of the Lady Cavaliers goal. Mullican kept her shot low and angled it to the far post, where it banked into the net to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 advantage.
Madison Smartt would make it a two-goal lead moments later. Smartt took off from the right side and got an assist from Lauren Roller to beat the Cookeville keeper and put Warren County ahead 2-0 after 15 minutes of play.
An outstanding effort by Fran Duvall turned the game into a blowout. Duvall outhustled two Cookeville defenders to a loose ball in front of the Lady Cavaliers goal.
With a defender knocking her to the ground, Duvall was still able to get just enough of the ball on a sliding attempt to score and send the Lady Pioneers to a 3-0 lead.
Roller would get her second assist just before the half on a play similar to Duvall’s goal. Roller received a leading pass toward the goal from midfield, but the race was on as Roller tried to beat the goalie to the ball.
Both players arrived at the same time, with Roller diving and kicking the ball away from the keeper and rolling it toward the net. Ayla Anish was trailing on the play and scored the easiest goal she’ll get all season as nobody was within 10 yards as she tapped the ball in.
Coach Todd Willmore, who knew his team had the potential be a solid squad this season, couldn’t have been more impressed with the play in the first half.
“You never want to say it’s the best we can play, but the first half was some of the best soccer I’ve seen us play,” said Willmore.
Warren County relaxed to begin the second half and Cookeville took advantage by firing a number of shots and finally connecting to make it 4-1.
Morgan McCormick would put the final touches on the blowout when she navigated through the Cookeville defense and got off a rocket shot to put the Lady Pioneers ahead 5-1.
With coach Willmore getting his younger players some action in the final minutes, the Lady Cavaliers got on the board but still left Warren County with the team’s worst loss since entering District 6-AAA.
The Lady Pioneers drew thunderous applause following the game, as it was the first time the senior class, which includes Molly Campbell, Allison Connor, Emily Crawford, Emily Gawel, Mary Ann Haley and Nicole Mullican, had defeated Cookeville since entering Warren County High School.
Warren County will play an important District 6-AAA match on the road Tuesday night. The Lady Pioneers will travel to Coffee County to take on the Lady Raiders. The match will begin at 4:30 p.m.