Penalty kick leads to third straight district title for Heritage

By Joel Clinger for The Robertson County Times and Main Street Preps

The White House Heritage girls soccer team claimed its third District 9-AA title in as many seasons Thursday night, defeating White House 1-0.

The Lady Patriots lost 3-0 to White House two weeks prior. Head coach Mark Redferrin and his team made some adjustments to try to improve on that result.

“The first game we played against them, we just didn’t have a lot of energy,” Redferrin said. “We didn’t have a lot of grit, determination in that game. We didn’t defend very well. We were giving all the White House players too much time and space, just not closing out defensively very well.

“That changed this game. We were very tight, very physical, just not letting them get started.”

The only goal of the game came right before halftime. Senior Alayna Richardson broke out towards goal, and White House goalkeeper Jordan Turner fouled her in the box and picked up her second yellow card of the game, ejecting her and giving Richardson a penalty kick.

Richardson knocked it in. Redferrin has a lot of confidence in his captain to finish off moments like that.

“From the PK spot, I don’t know that she’s missed,” Redferrin said. “She’s just clutch. She’s almost a lock almost anytime she’s got a shot from the spot or anywhere near the 18 box on a free kick or whatever.

“She’s got confidence in herself. Her whole team’s got confidence in her. I’ve got confidence in her. She just goes after it for us.”

The Lady Patriots will host Valor Collegiate Academy Tuesday night in their region semifinal. Redferrin said it is nice to play the lower seed and be able to stay home in front of a good atmosphere, but they will have a battle on their hands regardless.

“You just got to go out and perform because you know, whoever you play, you’re going to play a quality opponent,” Redferrin said. “Whether it’s Hume-Fogg or Valor, we’re going to have a tough match on Tuesday.”

White House will travel to District 10-AA champion Hume-Fogg Tuesday night. Both teams must win Tuesday to advance to the sectional round. White House plays at 6 p.m. at West End Middle School.

Photos by Reshanda Mooneyhan for White House BDP and shared by Main Street Preps

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