Redemption for Turner as Lady Devils shut out Hume Fogg

By Kris Freeman for White House High School

NASHVILLE – Just five days ago, White House junior goal keeper Jordan Turner watched from the sidelines as her teammates fell in the District 9-AA championship game, following a double yellow card that resulted in a 1-0 loss.

Tuesday night at West End Middle School, the Lady Devils star played the game of her life as White House survived an elimination shootout to advance to the Region 5-AA championship game. White House scored twice in the shootout while Turner blanked Hume Fogg, and the Lady Devils will return home Thursday night.

Regulation ended 0-0, and Turner made one of four sliding saves with 37 seconds left to preserve the tie on a breakaway attempt. Neither team scored in 20 minutes of overtime, and White House ended the shootout just three and a half rounds in.

Maddy Hanlon and Sydney Richardson scored for White House in round two and three, and then Turner swatted away the final attempt in the top half of round four to end it.

“I was so excited,” Turner said. “I was shaking so much and when we scored, I was so excited and cheering for our team and the ref said hey you can’t cheer and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry.'”

It was the first time in school history the White House Lady Devils have ended an elimination game in a shootout. The boys soccer has been in several, including one of the longest games in state postseason history. But for the White House girls, this was a first for head coach Mike Felzien, who is in his third decade of coaching the team.

“I am really proud of the team, and these girls really do have a lot of heart,” said Coach Felzien. “Looking back, I don’t think that I have ever been involved in a shootout to end a postseason game. I really don’t.”

Turner was not the only Lady Devil with a stellar game, but White House could not get a shot to fall into the net. Three minutes into overtime, White House had Richardson feed the corner kick to the center, but two different looks were blocked away. Again with about two minutes left in overtime, White House again had a wide open net and a slow footed approach left it empty.

In the shootout, Hume Fogg went first. Turner saved the first attempt diving to her left. Freshman Caroline Cooper had a wide open opportunity and just chipped over the goal.

In the second round, Hume Fogg missed over the top and Hanlon fed the bottom left of the night past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Hume Fogg missed wide left, and Sydney Richardson went top shelf right for a 2-0 lead.

With two rounds left, all Turner had to do was block the final shot and White House did not even have to make another attempt. While the shootout can go five rounds, White House shot only three times and won 2-0. The Lady Devils still had Lauren Davis and Zoe Baldwin in their back pocket if needed.

White House advances to the Region 5-AA championship, and by virtue of a Valor College Prep 2-1 win over White House Heritage, the Lady Devils will host VCP on Thursday night.

The Lady Devils will automatically advance to the Class AA sectional round, which will be played Saturday. The winner of the sectional goes to the state tournament, but the host site is to be determined by the Regional 5-AA final.

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