As Warren County Middle School headed into an important soccer matchup with Tullahoma on Tuesday, the Lady Pioneers needed a win. Anything else would have given Tullahoma the second seed for the tournament.
After WCMS got off to a less-than-stellar start against an aggressive and quick Lady Wildcat defense, the Lady Pioneer offense found its rhythm in the second half and finished off the Wildcats 3-0.
WCMS coach Matt Walker said, “It was a great game against a very good team. They are probably the fastest team we have played this season.”
WCMS came out fast and immediately took control and dominated possession after struggling its way through the first half. After several missed shots, Sarai Ruiz played a ball to Savannah Cox who took it right at the Lady Wildcat defender and scorched the ball past the Tullahoma goalkeeper to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Wildcat defense barely had time to catch its breath. Just moments later Makenna Mason put a spin move on the Tullahoma defense worthy of a highlight reel and finished with a shot like a laser beam for a 2-0 advantage.
As time ticked away, Mason passed up a shot and played the ball back to Ruiz who pulled the trigger from 25 yards away. Her shot found the top left corner and WCMS took a 3-0 advantage and cemented the win. The Lady Pioneers rode out the lead and when the horn sounded the Lady Pioneers had win 7.
Walker added, “We have three more games before the tournament and need to keep improving if we want to claim the district trophy at the end. Through seven games, the Lady Pioneers have scored 50 goals while our defense has only allowed one in our only loss.”
The Lady Wildcats came out and controlled the tempo early and the Lady Pioneer offense had miscue after miscue.
The Lady Wildcats pressed forward after every missed opportunity by WCMS. The Lady Pioneer defense was tested early and often and thwarted a few early shot attempts before settling down and forcing the Lady Wildcats to change their play.
WCMS finally found the back of the net but the celebration was short-lived and after a long delay the far official decided WCMS was offsides. The only goal scored in the first half by WCMS was nullified. By halftime, the game remained scoreless and the Lady Pioneers knew they were in for a battle.
The halftime speech by coach Walker was simple, “Keep playing like we did the last 10 minutes and the goals will come. We have them on the retreat. Just keep firing and the score will take care of itself.”
WCMS travels to Manchester on Monday to take on the Lady Red Raiders, the only team to defeat WCMS so far this season.