Bekah Jackson charged the net, with intentions of netting her team a tie.
Just before the freshman could try for an equalizing goal, the whistle blew. Jackson would never get the chance to lift Warren County late.
The Lady Pioneers fell 4-3 to Coffee County Monday, with the final whistle stopping any chance of a late rally.
“Bekah had the ball at her feet with the nearest defender 10 yards behind her,” said coach Todd Willmore. “It was a 1-on-1 situation between Bekah and the keeper, but the official blew the whistle to end the match. By the letter of the law, it is the correct call for high school soccer, but we felt like with injuries and other stoppages of play, he would have given us the opportunity to complete the play.”
It was a disappointing finish for Warren County, which held a 3-2 lead in the final 10 minutes, only to see Coffee County net two goals down the stretch.
“It was a tough loss, but fortunately it was not a district match and doesn’t impact our standings. To our girls’ credit, we attacked continuously the last four minutes with some good looks,” said Willmore.
For a while, it didn’t seem like the Lady Pioneers would need a late rally.
After allowing an early goal, Warren County tied the game just before halftime when Sarai Ruiz bodied in a ball off a perfect pass from Jackson.
The momentum continued to flip toward the Lady Pioneers when the second half started, with Katie Toney scoring two goals in a three-minute span to give her team a 3-1 advantage.
Jackson set up the first goal, working a 2-on-1 attack with the sophomore that Toney was able to finish with a hard shot. Toney’s 20th goal this season, which provided the two-goal lead, was an unassisted run through the heart of the defense.
“We had several more opportunities to score, but never got the knock-out punch we were hoping would deflate Coffee County,” said Willmore.
Coffee County scored with 21 minutes to play to make it 3-2, then stole the game in the waning minutes.
Warren County will try to bounce back and keep its perfect season intact when it travels to Soddy Daisy Thursday. Action will start at 6 p.m.