By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – Before the 2019 season, White House Heritage had never defeated the White House Lady Devils in girls soccer. Unfortunately, the Lady Patriots did it three times with a regular season, district and region final all on White House’s field.
Thursday night of 2020, the Lady Devils turned the tables and returned the favor on the road in a thrilling rivalry match.
White House built a two-goal lead and despite a late surge from the Lady Patriots with a goal with 3:44 left, the Lady Devils stayed unbeaten in the district with a 2-1 victory over White House Heritage.
That sets up White House to win the regular season district championship Friday night when Greenbrier comes at 6 p.m. for senior night. If White House wins, they will be the number one seed in the district tournament.
As for Thursday, a back and forth match went to White House before the intermission when Carmen Perkins took a corner from the right side and dove into a header into the center of the net for a 1-0 lead with seven minutes left.
White House led by that score at the half.
In the second, the Lady Devis extended the lead when Perkins fired a shot off the top of the crossbar from 30 yards out and Morgan Potts struck on the rebound bounce from the left side. The 2-0 edge came with 17:33 remaining in the game.
Heritage got a goal back with just under four minutes to go when Jordan Turner launched a goal kick and the Lady Patriots stole it away from the right side and Bekah Lamberth fired the shot from 25 yards out over Turner’s head to make it 2-1.
With under a minute to play, Heritage fired another shot from the same spot and Turner made a diving two-handed save, sending the ball to the left of the net to preserve the lead. But the Lady Patriots were not done, sending the corner kick to the middle where they missed the header opportunity, but the return cross was rocketed toward the net off the pass and Turner grabbed the save with two hands.
White House played keep away on defense in the final seconds and Heritage never got off another decent shot.
Photos by Brooklyn Sharber and Mackenzie Lee