By Kris Freeman for White House High School
It has been quite the turnaround for the White House Lady Devils after a 1-6-1 start to the season against highly-ranked and higher classification competition.
Tonight, the Lady Devils took out a bit of revenge against one of the giants.
Carmen Perkins scored her second goal of the game to give White House a 4-3 win over Gallatin, avenging a shutout scrimmage loss in exhibition play early in the season.
Perkins has scored six goals in three games, netting two in each contest. White House tied Beech on Tuesday, Sept. 7th, and then two days later was dominated 9-0 at Kentucky powerhouse Greenwood.
Since, White House rattled off a 4-0 record in District 9-AA play, outscoring their opponents 14-0.
Junior Jordan Turner did not allow a single goal in district play.
White House started the win streak out of district with a thrilling 3-2 winner over No. 5 Merrol Hyde, then dropped Macon County, Portland, Greenbrier, Sycamore, White House Heritage and Gallatin.
The Lady Devils finish the regular season Tuesday at Hendersonville against the 1-6-5 Commandos.
Monday at home, the Lady Devils rallied early after Gallatin took a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.
Perkins scored the first goal of the game with a shot close into the net with 29:40 to go in the first to tie the game at one, then Gallatin took a 2-1 lead with 21:31 left in the first.
The Lady Devils tied the margin with 15:40 left in the first when Lauren Davis fired a long cross from left to right over the keeper’s head and into the corner of the net.
With 13:15 remaining in the first half, Sydney Richardson fired a rocket from the middle of the field through traffic and the Gallatin keeper made the stop, but the carom went right into the front left of the box and Caroline Cooper followed the rebound into the goal for a 3-2 edge.
Gallatin got a breakaway with 38:11 left in the game and punched in the one on one opportunity to tie it at 3-3, but Perkins added the eventual game winner with about 15 minutes left to play.
White House (8-6-1) will be the number one seed in the District 9-AA Tournament next week. They will play the winner of the 4-5 matchup between Macon County and Greenbrier, while Portland squares off with White House Heritage in the 2-3 matchup in the semifinals. White House automatically earns a semifinal berth and will need to win at least one district tournament game to advance to Region 5-AA.
White House lost six of its first seven, including four ranked teams from Kentucky, to No. 10 Station Camp, and Centennial.
Photos by Kris Freeman