Warren County Middle School faced its second conference opponent Monday night when Franklin North came to town with hopes of slowing the WCMS offense and ending the streak of shutouts by the Lady Pioneer defense.
Franklin North’s hopes were dashed in a 5-0 route by the WCMS soccer team.
WCMS coach Matt Walker said, “Our offense has been flashy and scored a lot of goals but it’s our defense that has made all of this possible. My defense has continued to make smart decisions and communicate very well which gives the offense plenty of opportunity to score.”
A mere 15 minutes into the contest, Julia Taylor found Katie Toney on a corner kick which was blasted past the Franklin North goalie and into the back of the net for a 1-0 WCMS advantage.
Then, with minutes to go in the half, MaKenna Mason found Sam Ramsey as she streaked toward the goal. Mason hit Ramsey with a perfect crossing pass and Ramsey finished with a booming kick to give the Lady Pioneers a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The halftime speech by coach Walker was all about coming out fast and putting the game away early in the second half and his Lady Pioneers did just that.
Savannah Cox played the ball across the Franklin North defense to the foot of Ramsey who sliced through the defense and booted her second goal of the game. WCMS led 3-0.
Minutes later, Cox found Ramsey again for a second time in almost the same place. Cox put just the right amount of finesse on the ball and Ramsey did the rest.
Coach Walker said, “It was the prettiest goal we have scored in my six years of coaching this team.”
A total of four girls touched the ball perfectly and Ramsey put it away for her first hat trick as a Lady Pioneer. WCMS looked to put its stamp on the game with a 4-0 lead.
Mason defended and turned the ball back in the direction of the Franklin North goal. She found Cox headed up the right side and she blasted a shot over the defense and past the keeper for the final WCMS goal of the game and cemented the win, 5-0.
“Our attention now shifts to rival Coffee County, who finished last season undefeated and is next up,” said coach Walker. “They have two of the best players in the conference who can score from anywhere so our defense will truly get tested this Saturday. We were the only team to blemish their regular season streak last year when we tied them. They were also the team who put us out of the tournament so I expect this game to be exciting.”
The WCMS versus Coffee County matchup will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 at home with game time scheduled for 10 a.m.