By Conner Smith
The WCHS girls soccer team has endured plenty of turnover from the last year, however they look to break through and once again become district champs.
Girls soccer not only lost a large senior class, they also acquired a brand new head coach. New coach Kimberly Smith and the Lady Pioneers started their preseason campaign looking good on Monday, going on the road to win a scrimmage against Cookeville, 3-1.
New coach and Lady Pioneer soccer legend Kimberly Smith has been working hard with her girls all summer and with their season on the horizon, it was time for their first test.
The Cookeville Lady Cavs have a very good soccer program and are a challenge for any team. Smith’s team however, conquered the challenge.
The night was highlighted by Bekah Jackson’s 3 goals. To go along with that, goalie Callie Jo Roberts was solid. Roberts was tried by the Lady Cavs on several occasions and only allowed 1 goal. Jackson’s 3 goals gave the Lady Pioneers a good cushion.
The Lady Pioneers young goal keeper was challenged several times, but her team made it easier on her by keeping the ball on Cookeville’s side for most of the night. The game was a stalemate until Jackson opened up a high scoring first half with a goal after about 20 minutes of play.
After that it was followed by a goal from Bekah Jackson with 13:14 left in the first half.
With Cookeville on the ropes Jackson scored another goal with 3:51 remaining to give the Pioneers a commanding 3-0 lead. Even after a late Cookeville goal, the Pioneers still held a 3-1 lead and continued their good defense including a diving stop from the keeper Roberts.