Photos by Kris Freeman
As White House head coach Mike Felzien approached his team
The White House Lady Devils have played a tough schedule to start the season, including many games against higher classifications, qualifiers for state tournaments from Kentucky, and a rugged tournament slate in Gatlinburg.
The only thing that has been missing is the elusive first win. Even the only time White House led a game at the end, the game was cancelled against South Warren before halftime because of lightning.
Monday night, in a makeup game against Merrol Hyde, the Lady Devils cashed in.
Caroline Cooper scored with 2:32 remaining for her second goal of the game to give White House a 3-2 win, and the Lady Devils played keep away in the final two minutes to preserve the victory. Cooper was assisted in traffic at the top of the box by Abigail Bradley to push the team into the lead for the third time.
White House never trailed, but Merrol Hyde kept coming back.
The first goal of the game came with 36:40 remaining the second half when Cooper crushed a shot from right to left from 16 feet past the keeper for a 1-0 lead, but seven minutes later the game was tied 1-1 at 29:09.
Spending a few minutes attacking the left corner, WHHS drove it in deep again and Carmen Perkins rocketed a left-foot cross all the way across the field and a streaking Lily Dunn came through near the right post and punched it in for a 2-1 lead at 6:32.
With 5:09 remaining, a hand ball in the box call gave Merrol Hyde a penalty kick. Despite Jordan Turner diving to her right and getting both hands on the ball, the ball caromed off the right post and barely across the line to tie the game.
Right off the kick at center field, White House broke away and Carmen Perkins launched a shot that bounced hard off the cross bar to keep the game tied, but White House did not let up on relentless pressure.
Cooper nailed her second goal as the game winner three minutes later, and White House did not allow a solid threat from the Lady Hawks to close the game defensively.
White House heads right back to the home schedule on Tuesday with the first district game of the year. Macon County plays at White House Tuesday night.