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WCHS soccer prepares for season
Pioneers aim for regionals
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Warren County High Schools F.D. de Santiago makes a move on a Blackman defender Friday night at home in their last tune-up game.
The Warren County High School boys soccer team got off to a soggy start this year. Not in their playing, but the field they play on has been getting its fair share of rain as of late.It still didn’t stop their scrimmage Friday night at home against Blackman where Pioneer Joshua Macanas made a spectacular goal as he headed a corner kick into the net to beat the Blaze’s keeper.Although they left the field with wet cleats, they had a great round of preseason soccer to get ready for their home opener, Thursday, March 30 as they play host to White County.In between rainstorms, the WCHS Pioneer soccer team has been getting ready to play for the 2017 season under coach Orion Smith who assumed the duties of head coach in the 2015 season, having been an assistant coach to Todd Willmore, who resigned from coaching the boys soccer team and recommended Smith as a replacement.“Orion has developed a strong relationship with many of our returning players and will bring youthful enthusiasm, a solid background in soccer and a strong value system to our program,” Willmore said in a press release when Smith took the reins. “We are extremely excited about the possibilities of Orion continuing to strengthen the culture of our soccer program.”Smith’s goal is to develop the team’s full potential and went from a 4-8 first year, to improve to a .500 year in 2016 at 7-7.“It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about developing the player and the team to be as successful as we can on and off the field,” Smith said.