By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
MURFREESBORO — One would think the most exciting thing happening in White House this week was the football team’s turnaround to finish 10-0 and win a Region 5-4A championship.
It’s not even close.
Saturday, the 16th-ranked White House Lady Devils (16-4-3) ride an 18-game unbeaten streak into the Class AA Soccer State Championship Game at Richard Siegel Park in Murfreesboro at 4 p.m. The opponent is two-time, defending state champion Greeneville, and it is the first appearance for White House past the semifinals. Third-ranked Greeneville is 18-4-3 and has won eight in a row.
Greeneville’s four losses came to ranked Bearden, Ensworth and Hardin Valley, and an out-of-state loss to West Jessamine, KY. Greeneville has beaten nine ranked teams and has the second-best schedule in the state.
The Lady Devils are attempting to become the first female sports team at White House to win a state championship, joining the 2000 baseball team and the 1997 football team to hoist the the gold ball.
The road will be difficult. Greeneville dropped Page 1-0 on Thursday to qualify for its third straight title game. The Lady Green Devils are 10-2 all-time in the state tournament and have won eight consecutive tournament matches. Despite dominating Page with a 27-3 shots advantage, Greeneville could not connect until the 73-minute mark when Sabrina Iezzi took the assist from Michaela Kriebel for the only score of the game. Katherine Galoffin took 12 shots but did not get one in net.
Page had 15 saves, but Lady Devils keeper Hannah Leonard only faced one legitimate shot for the entire contest. She will face a White House team which has placed 11 goals on the board in two wins over Seymour and East Hamilton.
In Greeneville’s opening 9-0 win over Covington, Galoffin added two goals and midfielder Elissa McIntosh scored the hat trick. Kriebel, Emily Graham, Emily Shaw and Macy Vermillion added the other tallies. Covington did not get a single shot on goal against the stingy Greeneville defense.
Contrasting this defensive style is the White House offense, fifth-best state wide at five goals per game in all classifications. Mazie Burrow got the scoring started in both state tournament games, and was followed by a header from Mallory Humphries on Thursday for the second goal, then Maddie Davis and Leanna Nesbitt finished the four-goal outburst.
But the game got hairy in the second half for the Lady Devils defense. Leading 3-0, East Hamilton scored goals in the 66th and 67th minute to narrow the margin to 3-2, then Nesbitt ended the threat with a goal off the assist from Shelby Deering with seven minutes to go.
White House keeper Alivia Vogel has eight saves in two games but has given up four goals, only one of which in the first half.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Saturday. White House is 4-2 all-time in the state tournament.
Travel note: The team bus is leaving White House at 1:30 p.m. and making its way through the town toward interstate for any fans who want to see the team depart.