By Kris Freeman for White House High School
PORTLAND – The White House Heritage Patriots made the most of the second half Thursday night and rallied with two goals late to knock off White House in the District 9-AA Tournament girls soccer championship game.
With the 3-2 win Heritage clinched the top seed in the Region 5-AA Tournament and will host MLK on Tuesday. White House will travel as the runner-up to District 10-AA champion Hume-Fogg. The Knights beat the Royals, 6-0.
Heritage scored on fast break opportunities to tie it with 19:55 left, and then took the lead on a goal with 17:46 remaining. The Lady Patriots lost to White House 2-1 in the regular season.
White House actually gave up the first goal of the game, but came back to take its own lead in the second half.
Heritage was awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the upper right corner of the goal box and converted the kick at 11:04 of the opening half. Despite dominating on the offensive end, White House trailed 1-0 at the break.
In the second, the Lady Devils scored back-to-back opportunities off the corner kick to take a 2-1 lead.
With 35:05 remaining, Ashleigh Spurlock drilled the corner pass from Sydney Richardson into the net for a 1-1 tie. Richardson again picked up the assist on the second goal, sending the initial delivery into heavy traffic at the night, and Kaitlyn Stanfield picked up the rebound and rocketed into the net for a 2-1 edge at 24:47.
But that was it for White House, who got one more corner opportunity in the final four minutes, but the Lady Patriots kicked out the entry pass.
The two teams played last year for the district and region championships and could meet again Thursday if both teams win Tuesday’s elimination game.
Goals: Ashleigh Spurlock (1) and Kaitlyn Stanfield (1)
Assists: Sydney Richardson (2)
White House received six district awards.
Sydney Richardson and Alexis Bess were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Richardson, Ashleigh Spurlock and Carmen Perkins were named to the All-District Team.
Bess was named the Defensive Player of the Year for District 9-AA.