By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The impressive turnaround for the White House Lady Devils continued in the District 9-AA semifinals on Tuesday at White House Heritage, as the top-seeded WHHS squad disposed of Greenbrier, 8-2.
The win advanced White House to the District 9-AA championship on Thursday against Heritage on their home field, and also guaranteed a spot in next week’s Region 5-AA tournament semifinals. White House is guaranteed two more games, and Thursday cannot eliminate either team. Next week, the region semifinals would be the next opportunity to extend the season by two more games and advance to the Class AA sectional round (final 16). The sectional winners then advance to the state tournament.
Freshman Caroline Cooper scored a career-high four goals, and increased her season total to 15, making it her second career hat trick. She also scored three goals on senior night against Sycamore two weeks ago.
Junior Carmen Perkins added two goals in the game and has scored eight goals in her last five games, with two each in every contest except a season-ending loss at Hendersonville.
White House has won eight of its last nine games, with the lone setback coming against the much larger school at Hendersonville. The win improved the Lady Devils to 9-7-1 for the season after a 1-6-1 start.
The Lady Devils built a 6-0 halftime lead, with Sydney Richardson scoring a goal in the first half, and senior Eden Bradley cashing in a penalty kick in the second half for her first goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Jordan Turner shut out the Lady Bobcats for the majority of the game, surrendering a pair of goals after building a 7-0 lead. Turner made it through the entire district regular season with a shutout of all district opponents.
White House advances to Thursday and will travel back to tournament host White House Heritage at 7 pm. The Lady Devils are the top seed, but the tournament site was pre-determined.
The winner of Thursday’s game will earn a Region 5-AA top seed and the loser will be a No. 2 seed in the regional semifinal likely on Tuesday.
Photos by Kris Freeman