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WCHS soccer shines in Coffee County playday
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Every season the Warren County High School girls soccer team proves it doesn’t rebuild, it simply reloads.
Despite missing a senior class with eight starters that helped produce two District 6-AAA championships, three regional appearances and got within one game of the state tournament last year, the Lady Pioneers continue to shine on the soccer field.
In their first extensive action of the preseason, Warren County won all four of its games in the Coffee County playday held last Saturday. The Lady Pioneers beat Coffee County, Smith County, Shelbyville and Franklin County decisively as Warren County got contributions by several players on offense while the defense allowed only one goal.
Coach Todd Willmore, the architect who has helped the program reach its current level of production, was thrilled by the defensive performance of his Lady Pioneers at the Coffee County playday.
“Defensively, I thought we played excellent,” said Willmore. “We had three shutouts and allowed only one goal, which came in the first game. Offensively, we had five different players score.”
While graduation did do a number on the Lady Pioneer starting lineup, one place where the team wasn’t hurting is at its scoring positions. Ansley Mullican and Morgan McCormick return for their senior seasons after being named to the all-state team last year.
Mullican and McCormick, who have each earned District 6-AAA MVP recognition in their careers, picked up right where they left off as they both scored three goals during the playday. Both players have over 50 career goals after scoring 29 goals apiece last season for the Lady Pioneers.
Junior Isabel Kirby also made her impact on offense with a goal while sophomores Larissa Lopez and Lindsey Cox found the back of the net as well.
The playday was part of a busy preseason for the Lady Pioneers. Before practice started July 29, Warren County attended a week-long camp at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. The camp was a big team-building experience for a relatively inexperienced squad trying to defend its district championship.
The preseason work will continue Friday night as the girls soccer team holds a fundraiser event at Warren County High School. Weather permitting, the Lady Pioneers will compete in an intersquad scrimmage open to the public. A Lady Pioneer alumni game is scheduled to follow the scrimmage. Action is set to start at 6 p.m.
Warren County will open its season Tuesday, Aug. 20 with a home match against Sequatchie County.