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WCHS soccer falls in OT
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A battle between the top two soccer teams in District 6-AAA needed overtime to decide a winner and sudden death proved to be especially painful for the Lady Pioneers.A controversial handball penalty proved to be the difference as the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers defeated the Warren County High School soccer team 2-1 with the winning goal coming on a penalty kick in overtime.The Lady Pioneers, who fell to 6-3, were devastated following the game as the loss was a harsh reminder of last year’s District 6-AAA tournament championship game when the Lady Cavaliers upset Warren County on its home field by the same score.Coach Todd Willmore was disappointed with the final result, but knows the season isn’t over following the loss.“I thought for the most part, we outplayed them,” said Willmore. “They did enough to win in the end, but I told the girls the season isn’t ruined because of one loss.“We have to take care of business and if we can beat them at home, it will put us back in the driver’s seat in the district.”Cookeville and Warren County battled into extra time, with neither team willing to give an inch. The game changed when a Lady Cavalier player lofted a shot into the box, where Warren County defender Rayah Kirby and keeper Lyndi Dodd awaited the ball.On its way down, the ball grazed Kirby on the arm and the referee called a hand ball on the Lady Pioneers.