Cold weather and closed schools last week couldn’t stop the Warren County Middle School boys soccer team from traveling to Murfreesboro on Monday and topping Blackman, 6-2, in the first game of the preseason.
In a tough matchup with the Blaze, the talents of the Pioneers could foreshadow another successful season for WCMS, as it has gone unbeaten in the regular season for the last four years -- and won the conference championship to boot.
“I always try to get challenging games in the preseason because our first regular season game is always against our biggest conference rival, Harris Middle School,” said WCMS soccer coach Matt Jackson. “The preseason is a good chance to change formations, experiment with players in new positions and to get in game shape.”
The boys started quickly and scored the first goal at the five-minute mark. Kade Simpson is a very quick forward who controlled a crossing pass and easily beat the goalie for the first score, 1-0. John Jackson had a great shot from about 20 yards out for the next goal, 2-0, in just seven minutes.
The first substitute to come on was Uriah King. Although King, a seventh-grader, has never played soccer before, he is fast and athletic. Learning quickly, he waited in front of the goal for a cross and it came right to him. The ball bounced in front of King who took full advantage of the situation, shooting it in the goal on the volley, 3-0.
Simpson scored the Pioneers’ fourth goal, followed by Juan Garcia who scored the fifth before halftime.
With a commanding 5-0 lead, coach Jackson took the opportunity to work on some new formations and went to the bench for the remainder of the contest. Blackman was able to get two goals on them on some defensive breakdowns until Pioneer Juan Garcia got fouled in the box. He was able to take a penalty kick and convert it for the final score, 6-2.
WCMS will play its first home game next Friday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. against Siegel.