Hailey Simpson and Izzy Robinson made sure the WCMS soccer season would continue.
Both scored in overtime Monday to help the Lady Pioneers topple Franklin South 4-2, pushing Warren County into the CTC semifinals.
“It took the girls a little bit to get going, but they played really well in the second half and overtime,” said coach Lyndi Pack. “I’m super proud the girls did not give up.”
Robinson’s OT goal was part of a hat trick, while Simpson slammed in a PK in extra time to shut the door.
The Lady Pioneers were coming off a 3-0 victory over South in the final game in the regular season, but the visitors came out inspired Monday.
Franklin South took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, getting a long cross to find an empty backside of the net.
Things could have slipped away from the Lady Pioneers in the second half, but Robinson made sure her team wouldn’t go home for good.
Robinson buzzed around the Franklin South defense the entire second half, finding ways to generate offense for Warren County. Her two goals proved to be critical as the visitors were able to net a second goal in the second half as well.
In overtime, Warren County dominated. Robinson notched her third goal, while Simpson was Pack’s choice to take a late PK, one she hammered into the back of the net.
Pack is hopeful the strong finish will push her Lady Pioneers to a new level as the tournament goes on.
“I was very happy with how the girls finished. I am ready to see it carry through the tournament,” said Pack.
The semifinals will be held at Franklin North Saturday. Game times are still being determined.