The White House Lady Devils soccer team had a week of ups and downs with a big district win over the Harpeth Indians 6-0 followed by a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Station Camp.
The Lady Devils hosted a Harpeth squad that took a 3-3 draw versus Heritage the previous week and shredded the Indians for six goals.
White House struck quickly in the first half, pushing the ball up the center of the field through senior midfielder Kate Carney. Carney was the orchestrator of the White House offense finding teammates making runs into the box for scoring chances.
Using their heavy control of the midfield and ability to hold on to the ball pushing forward constantly for scoring chances, the Lady Devils were able to find goals from sophomore Alyssa Armstrong, junior Kayla Norman and Carney.
This aggressive, possession-oriented attack left Harpeth searching for answers that never came in the first half while stretching the White House lead to 3-0 at the half.
The Lady Devils continued their relentless pursuit of the ball in the second half with Armstrong finding the back of the net once more followed by Callis and sophomore Sidney West netting goals for White House in the blowout 6-0 victory.
Looking to continue the momentum of wins in each of their last three matches, the Lady Devils hosted AAA foe and Sumner County rival Station Camp Bison.
Despite four goals, White House was unable to hold on to a two-goal, second half lead in falling 5-4 to Station Camp. Especially perplexing for the Lady Devils was this is a Station Camp team that had been shut out in the previous four games of their season.
White House came out strong using Carney as an offensive conduit for their attack versus the Bison, and finding the goal early and often with senior Anna Williams scoring twice and Kayla Norman scoring once in the first half.
The Lady Devils led 3-1 at the half.
Early in the second half, the Bison struck versus the tiring Lady Devil defense with a wide open shot in the box cutting the White House advantage to 3-2.
Reacting to the Station Camp goal with an offensive press of their own, White House sophomore Alyssa Armstrong blasted a shot past an over-matched Bison keeper to give the Lady Devils another two-goal lead at 4-2.
As time ticked away and the heat of the early portion of the game weighing heavily on a Lady Devil team with a short bench, Station Camp steadily crept back into the game. The Bison found a weakness on the left flank and attacked finding the goal and putting themselves in position for a positive result down 4-3.
Minutes later, disaster struck White House as the defense was unable to clear the ball during a Station Camp attack with the Bison finding the goal and tying the game at four.
White House attacked one last time late in the game with a long distance shot fired from distance. Somehow, the Bison keeper snagged the shot sniping away the possible game-tying goal.
Minutes later, Station Camp once again found pay-dirt with their pressing attack leaving an opening for a shot that sealed the game in favor of Station Camp at 5-4.
“We ran out of energy in the second half,” White House head coach Mike Felzien said about the loss. “There is no reason we should have let that lead slip away and get outscored 4-1 in the second half but it is not a district game and a great learning experience for the team.”
The Lady Devils head to Greenbrier for a district game before traveling across county lines for a highly-anticipated meeting with the White House Heritage Patriots on Thursday night.