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WCHS girls soccer ready and waiting
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Natalie Stepien, shown fighting for the ball against Cookeville, is a junior on this year’s Warren County High School soccer team.

Just like football, the Warren County High School girls soccer team is prepared to kick in different options for starting the season, depending on when the governor’s executive order prohibiting contact sports expires.

The Lady Pioneers are currently scheduled to begin their season Aug. 18 at home against Ooltewah. If the governor’s order is lifted prior to Aug. 10, the girls soccer season and postseason tournaments will proceed as usual with no changes.

“We have been preparing within the current guidelines as if we are playing our season as scheduled,” said WCHS girls soccer coach Todd Willmore. “Hopefully, the order will be lifted earlier and allow us to begin the season as it is currently scheduled. If not, we believe beginning in September will still give us an eight-week timeframe to play and hopefully get all our matches played.”

If Gov. Bill Lee does not lift his executive order before it is set to expire Aug. 29, the TSSAA Board of Control voted Wednesday to begin the girls soccer season Sept. 7.

Warren County has six games and two tournaments scheduled before Sept. 7. The TSSAA determined they can be rescheduled to a later date.

TSSAA assistant director Mark Reeves noted schools could play regular-season games if they fail to make the postseason, or after they are eliminated from postseason play. This is an effort to give teams the maximum number of games possible.

Said Willmore, who also serves as WCHS athletic director, “As with everything else in this pandemic, the plan is obviously fluid, which may result in having to adapt and adjust again. I hope it works out for all our athletic teams and each one has the opportunity to have a season. I truly hate what happened to our spring sports teams and certainly hope it does not happen again.”