The Warren County Middle School girls soccer team began its season with one of its biggest rivals in the Central Tennessee Conference.
Warren County faced Harris Middle School and begin its season with a 2-0 win to set the tone for the CTC season.
Coach Matt Walker urged the team to start fast against Harris. The Lady Pioneers fell 5-2 last season to the Lady Eagles and coach Walker wanted to control the game from the outset.
“We were determined to come out early and set the tone for the game,” said Walker.
The Lady Pioneers obliged their coach as they came out and controlled the first five minutes and got off numerous shots. None found the net though and Harris was able to rebound following Warren County’s opening flurry.
Lady Pioneer keeper Bailey Walker made three tough saves midway through the first half to keep the game scoreless. After the two teams battled for control for the final 10 minutes of the first half, the whistle blew sending both teams to the locker rooms tied at zero.
Halftime adjustments helped the Lady Pioneers finally get on the scoreboard.
Seventh grader Madison Mason gave Warren County the lead when she received a perfect pass from Lindsey Cox and knocked it home for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Pioneers didn’t let up. Mason would break free just moments after the restart and beat the Lady Eagles keeper again to give Warren County a two-goal advantage.
Livia Walker nearly made it 3-0 in favor of the Lady Pioneers, but her goal was waved off on an offsides call.
With time dwindling, all Warren County had to do was keep Harris from mounting a late rally.
The play of Bailey Walker in the net, along with an athletic defense, perserved the season-opening 2-0 win for Warren County.
Coach Walker couldn’t have been happier about his team’s performance on opening night.
“Using our speed and athleticism, the girls left it all on the field and started the season off with a bang,” said Walker. “Having nine eighth-grade starters raises the expectations this year and the girls responded well.”
The Lady Pioneers will play host to Manchester Westwood tomorrow night at Pistole Park Soccer Complex. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
JV team ties Harris
Olivia Ming sent the Lady Pioneers JV team home with a tie when she found the back of the net in the second half against Harris Middle School. With six JV starters new to the team, coach Walker took plenty away from the 1-1 tie against the Lady Eagles.
“It was a great outcome that showed us many things we need to work on, yet gives us the confidence to lead us into our next contest,” said Walker. “With all the new faces on the JV team I was very pleased to see how well they responded at the half. We made some adjustments, had a little pep talk, and the girls took over giving us positive momentum going further.”