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WCHS soccer honors standout seniors

Seniors Bekah Jackson and Savannah Winfree were honored Tuesday night (Painted Barn Media photos)

The Lady Pioneers soccer program celebrated two seniors on Tuesday night, honoring Bekah Jackson and Savannah Winfree senior night. They have been synonymous with Lady Pioneer soccer for years and helped keep Warren County on the map as a strong team in the Midstate.

Both Jackson and Winfree come from families where soccer plays a pivotal part in their lives and it’s no wonder their love for soccer has grown over the years as they have flourished into incredible athletes.

Jackson, who has been a key piece in the Lady Pioneers offense over the last four years, has scored over 60 goals and has over 40 assists while attending WCHS. She’s been the team’s top scorer this year, stepping into the role of a No. 1 option seamlessly while also continuing to be a playmaker.

Jackson, who wants to keep her high school career going as long as possible, plans to pursue a college soccer career at either Tennessee Tech University or Union University.

Jackson is a former District 6AAA rookie of the year who has also been named all-region twice and was recognized as all-state in 2021.

Winfree was been the enforcer on the other side of the ball, stepping up the lead the defense over the years. She is a fierce competitor that doesn’t back down from a challenge, especially when she gets a chance to square off against talented strikers.

She has the skillset to move onto the next level, should she pursue the opportunity after graduation. She’s also earned all-region recognition as well who has multiple all-district honors in her career too.

The Warren County Sports Authority caught up with coach Kimberly Smith to talk about her two star seniors that helped ease her transition as the leader of the program.

When asked about her seniors’ role as athletes and leaders, Smith said, “They have grown a lot over the 4 years. They have been leaders since they were freshmen. Bekah and Savannah have also played different positions and have always been open to whatever changes we needed to make to better our team.”

As for Smith’s favorite memory of the seniors, it came Tuesday. “I would say my favorite memory was made (on senior night). Both of them were so happy and just enjoying every moment while being thankful for everything we did for them,” said Smith. “They got to sing the national anthem and they’ve been talking about that for weeks, so I loved seeing them be able to do that!”

While they still have games to play – and hopefully a long postseason awaiting – Smith knows she’ll have to go into battle next fall without the talented duo. Their skills aren’t easily replaced, but Smith thinks there’s something even more important that they provide that will be missed too.

“I will miss most the leaders that they are to our team and their hard work that they give every single time we’re on the field,” said Smith.

The only thing that could have made senior night better for the Lady Pioneers would have been a win. They had a tough 8-0 loss against Independence, but will look to bounce back on Thursday for their final regular season game of the year against. Dekalb County. Jackson and Winfree will be looking to help their team make a run in the district tournament and beyond starting on October 12.

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