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WCHS soccer wins tourney

Success keeps following the Warren County High School soccer team wherever it goes. The Lady Pioneers took home the Franklin County tournament championship over the weekend, winning four games in the span of two days.
The final came over the host school as Warren County defeated Franklin County in thrilling fashion. The Lady Pioneers won 2-1 on penalty kicks after some home cooking sent the game into overtime.
Warren County earned the right to appear in the finals after defeating Cascade 5-0, Creekwood 4-2 and Webb School 6-1.
In the finals, the Lady Pioneers controlled the match and clung to a one-goal lead until a little-known and rarely-used rule gave Franklin County a chance to send the game into overtime.
In the final seconds against the Lady Rebels, Lyndi Dodd made a save and came up in the box with the ball. Dodd took her time as both teams moved upfield, but the Lady Pioneers’ keeper took a second too long.
Dodd was called for holding the ball longer than six seconds, a rule rarely enforced. The infraction gave Franklin County an indirect kick in the Lady Pioneers’ keeper box.
Warren County set its wall in front of the net as Franklin County’s first girl approached the ball. Needing to touch the ball first before being able to shoot, the first Lady Rebel jumped over the ball and tapped it as she went over. Right behind her, another Franklin County player ran in and blasted a shot that barely made it under the cross bar and tied the game at 1-1.
The whistle blew 10 seconds later sending the game to penalty kicks. Coach Todd Willmore let his top scorers handle the PKs while Dodd redeemed herself in the net.
Kimba Warden, Ayla Anish and Morgan McCormick each made their penalty shots to put Warren County in the lead.
All Dodd had to do was come up with stops on the other end and the Lady Pioneer keeper did just that. Dodd made three saves to give the Lady Pioneers their 10th win of the season.
Coach Willmore liked what he saw from his team last weekend, especially with the team dealing with a high number of games in a short period of time.
“We have a tendency to start slow, but beyond that, I was pretty happy with the effort of the team,” said Willmore. “It was a tough weekend. Playing two games each day, even shorter games, is tough. The girls handled it and played well.”
Over the weekend, the Lady Pioneers continued to add to an already impressive number of goals this season. Warren County has scored 46 goals in 11 games and the 17 goals this weekend were spread out between eight players.
McCormick connected on a team-high five goals, while Ansley Mullican added three goals and three assists. Lauren Roller and Fran Duvall each scored twice. Anish and Warden continued strong seasons with a goal apiece, while Allison Connor and Joanna Paz each scored their first goals of the season.
Warren County will put its 3-0 record in District 6-AAA on the line tomorrow night in Cookeville. The game was scheduled to be played last night, but was rescheduled. The game will begin at 7 p.m. The junior varsity game scheduled for 5 p.m. last night will not be played tomorrow.