By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
MURFREESBORO — The White House Lady Devils have been here twice before, and the end was the same, gathered on the field after a heartbreaking defeat in the state soccer semifinals. Once in Chattanooga, last year in Murfreesboro, but today is a new day and the opportunity is alive and well to advance.
The 16th-ranked White House Lady Devils attempt to write a new chapter in the history books.
Unbeaten in their last 17 contests (15-0-2), White House takes on the 12th-ranked East Hamilton Hurricanes in the Class AA Semifinals Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. The winner advances to the state finals, a place White House has never been for girls soccer.
The Blue Devils are 3-2 in the state tournament, losing semifinal matches in 2012 and 2016 but undefeated in the quarterfinals all-time, including a dominating 7-2 win over Seymour in the first round on Wednesday. East Hamilton is 1-0 and this is their first state tournament appearance.
Maddie Davis scored two goals as White House built a 3-1 lead at the half and scored four more times in the second. Mazie Burrow put WHHS on the board early, then Madeline Hargrove scored. McKenzie Vaughn, Shelby Deering and Baylee Miller rounded out the scoring as the Lady Devils scored on 33 percent of their 21 shots. Seymour struggled in goal, playing three different keepers for the duration of the game. Sarah Thompson and Leanna Nesbitt had assists, and White House scored three times off a corner kick and once off a penalty shot.
White House’s Alivia Vogel had six saves as Seymour made just 11 shots.
Now, the attention turns to East Hamilton (16-3-1) in a do-or-die semifinal. The loser of the game’s season is over. East Hamilton was methodical but efficient on Wednesday, dropping Lexington, 2-0. East Hamilton has the 57th-toughest schedule in the state and has played nine ranked opponents. White House, on the other hand, has played the 16th toughest slate and played 14 ranked teams.
The Hurricanes game against Lexington was tied at half, but East got two goals from Lauren Barcelona in the second half, at 41st and 72nd minutes, to put Lexington out of the tournament.
East Hamilton, from Ooltewah, was on the offensive push the majority of the game, outshooting the Lady Tigers 22-7, while keeper Madeline Marenec only had to make four saves for the entire game. The Lady Hurricanes also come into the game red hot, unbeaten in their last 11 games with nine straight wins. Their last defeat was to 20th-ranked Soddy Daisy, 5-4, on Sept. 19. The other two losses were to ranked 2nd-ranked Chattanooga Christian and 20th-ranked Maryville, with a 2-2 tie against top-ranked Chattanooga Baylor.
On the opposite side of the bracket, Page beat McMinn Central, 5-1, and Greeneville throttled Covington, 9-0. Those two teams play adjacent on field 4 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Greeneville is the two-time defending state champions, and is 9-2 overall in the state tournament, while the Lady Patriots are 3-4 overall but have never won a state title.
White House and East Hamilton play on field 2.
The two winners will meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at the soccer stadium in Murfreesboro for the Class AA state championship. No girls sport has won a team state championship at White House in school history.
Tickets are $10 at the gate and the soccer complex is located on Cherry Lane in Murfreesboro.