Todd Willmore isn’t wasting time getting his Lady Pioneers ready for the season.
The Warren County High School girls soccer team went through a two-day camp last week, one ran by MTSU coach Aston Rhoden.
“It’s great to have him come in for a couple of days of individual work,” said Willmore. “We’ll go to MTSU for four days this upcoming week, but we’ll be with a lot of teams there. This gets us some close work with a great coach.”
Rhoden guided the Lady Pioneers through a variety of workouts over two days, with the team working extensively on good communication and teamwork. Rhoden’s infectious personality made the work, sometimes in baking heat, a breeze for Willmore’s group.
“We’ve had a fun, good group this summer,” said Willmore. “We try to make sure we’re doing things that will translate to games and coach Rhoden is good with those drills. Refreshers can be good to get us back into things.”
Like past years, Warren County has lofty goals going into the season. After losing just two senior starters from last year’s group, the Lady Pioneers could do some damage in District 6AAA.
For now though, senior starter and returning all-district honoree Savannah Cox is happy to be bonding with teammates again.
“The camp helped us grow closer as a team and we learned to play together better by the end,” said Cox. “The team has grown a lot since we started. Everybody is starting to work better with one another and we just keep pushing each other every day.”
Cox is one of six returning seniors with starting experience, joining Samantha Ramsey, MaKenna Mason, Sarai Ruiz, Julie Taylor and Kade Wilcher. Also back is 19-goal scorer Katie Toney, who will be entering her sophomore season.
The Lady Pioneers will begin their season in late August.