It did not go according to plan Tuesday night when the Warren County Pioneers played their final home soccer game versus Coffee County. The Red Raiders came to town looking for a win, and they found it.
It was a very defensive game with each team getting shots on goal but it was the Red Raiders who found the back of the net more. Coffee County defeated Warren County, 3-1.
The tempo started off quick and Coffee County tried to set the tone early and went on the attack first. Pioneer Juan Casas was very busy in the opening minutes as the Red Raiders pushed deep into Pioneer territory. Pioneer goalie J.D. Keele played against a very aggressive Coffee County team for the first half.
Coffee County attempted a total of 14 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of play. The Red Raiders controlled the ball throughout much of the first half and their goal came in just under the 10-minute mark of the game’s beginning.
Warren County settled in after the opening goal and closed off the Red Raider offense the rest of the first half. Pioneer defenders Conner Moore and Abraham Pumarino and a host of others fought through the Coffee County attack.
In the first half Warren County took eight shots at Coffee County’s goal. Opporunity nearly struck shortly before the break when Warren County had shot go off the crossbar, but no one was near for the rebound. Coffee County controlled the ball after the miss.
Minutes later, Warren County threatened again. This time a line-drive shot ricocheted off the sidebar and the Pioneers just barely missed the opportunity to tie the game just before the break and the two teams went into the half with Coffee County in front 1-0.
The second half got underway and Warren County came out on the attack. Pioneers Ethan Bandy and Cole Millard worked the ball to the outside where Evan Reynolds and Fernando Goana were waiting. Reynolds pushed the ball deep into the corner and tried to make the crossfield pass back to Bandy or Millard with no success.
Coffee County pushed back with a relentless attack of its own. The Red Raiders pushed the ball to the outside and passed it back to the middle looking to strike. Coffee County attempted 11 shots on goal in the second half, and scored twice. With Warren County down 3-0 and 18:20 to play, Coffee County substituted goalies.
Warren County continued to push the tempo and the Red Raiders stayed with them step-for-step. Warren County found a small window of opportunity and went through it and finally found the back of the net for their first goal, but it would be waved off for an offsides call and the score remained 3-0.
Warren County stayed in pursuit of the ball and once the Pioneers had the ball in front of the Coffee County goal again, Warren County put the shot off the crossbar and with the goalie out of position Goana flew inside the box in front of the Coffee County goal and banged in a header to get the Pioneers on the board at 3-1 with 16:11 to play.
The Pioneers played on and received two penalty shots late in the game which would have tied the game. Both shots were unsuccessful and Coffee County played hard right up until the final whistle sounded. Warren County did not have its best game passing or shooting but they never gave up and played a very physical game. The Pioneers were defeated in their final 2015 home game by a final score of 3-1 versus Coffee County.