The Warren County High School soccer team heads into the district championship with a header scored by Sawyer Thompson. WCHS defended its home turf on Tuesday, beating Soddy Daisy 4-2.
They tied Soddy Daisy earlier in the season and won with penalty kicks, but for the district semifinals, the Pioneers beat them without overtime, solidifying their spot in the district championship.
WCHS senior John Jackson scored two goals for the team, one assisted by senior Renato Rodriguez. Jackson’s other shot came after he stole the ball from Soddy Daisy’s offense, dribbling it through their defense and kicking the ball over the goalie’s head, barely slipping through his fingers.
Joan Garcia also scored a shot close to the end, but Sawyer Thompson stole the show after he left his defensive position during a corner kick. With the ball in his sights, Thompson scored a header, much to the excitement of the team, the crowd, and himself.
It was a tense atmosphere. One Soddy Daisy player received a yellow card for his behavior after Thompson’s goal. Soddy Daisy’s head coach was also warned by the referees, but WCHS was unfazed.
“They were getting upset at some of the calls,” said WCHS head coach Matt Jackson, “I have been on the other side of that. Some days you just feel like the refs are against you. They are a physical team. One of their guys was punching our guys on corner kicks. That is not called for. The ref did not see that, but he did see other things. I thought he did a pretty good job of calling the game. We did what we knew we could do once we got going and made quick passes.”
Staying calm, the Pioneers were focused and held a 2-1 lead.
Warren County played Rhea County for the championship Thursday night.
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