Pioneer soccer takes down Rhea
There are still some bitter feelings about how the Pioneer soccer team fell last week in a marquee district matchup against Cookeville, but the squad eased its pain some Tuesday against Rhea County.
The Pioneers beat the Eagles 2-1 in the District 6AAA road game, securing the No. 2 seed in the tournament in the process. Warren County is now 3-1 in district games, only falling to Cookeville in last week's controversial loss on the road. The Pioneers have now beaten Rhea County, Soddy Daisy and White County in district matchups.
John Jackson scored his 11th goal of the season in Tuesday's win, while Joan Garcia also got on the scoreboard.
The Pioneers nearly had their second district shutout (Warren County mercy-ruled White County 9-0 a few weeks ago) in Evensville. Rhea County didn't score until there was under a minute left on the clock.
The Eagles were able to bang in a goal with 47 seconds left, setting off what coach Matt Jackson called "a crazy last few seconds." Warren County had to survive the last-minute push, but the whistles blew before Rhea County could get the equalizer.
The Pioneers are hoping to carry the momentum of the big win into Friday's local matchup. Warren County will welcome Covenant this Friday, April 30 in what will be a rare meeting between the two local schools. Warren County will also play at home next Monday, May 3, which is also senior night.
Monday’s matchup against Upperman, scheduled to be the Pioneer senior night, has been cancelled. Friday‘s matchup with Covenant may also be rescheduled.