The White House Heritage Lady Patriots honored their four senior girls soccer players Tuesday night as they defeated the Springfield Yellow Jackets 9-0.
White House Heritage dominated from start to finish. Seniors Cassie Gardner, Bekah Lamberth and Lydia Clifford scored four, three and one goal, respectively. Junior Katie Morisi also scored.
White House Heritage made the decision to move the senior night festivities up due to the possibility of cancelled games later in the season.
Some of the players raised their concerns to head coach Mark Redferrin about potentially losing their special senior moment due to COVID-19 cancellations.
“We had it for the last home game of the year, and that’s traditionally when it is held,” Redferrin said. “The girls were concerned that maybe we don’t get to that last home game and wanted to move that up to as soon as possible.”
Redferrin is in his first year as the head coach of the Lady Patriots. He was an assistant for Rett Roach on the sideline last season and is also the boys head coach. The boys, however, missed their season last spring because of the pandemic.
Redferrin said the senior leadership has helped make his transition into the new role as seamless as possible.
“Stepping in the head coaching role this year, it’s really important when you come in and you’re going to do things a little bit different than a previous coach did,” Redferrin said. “Maybe you play in a different way and you have different expectations, just all the stuff that goes along with a coaching change, your senior class can really make or break that transition.
“They’ve definitely made it really easy because they’ve bought in. They’ve accepted me and welcomed me just like the boys did in the spring. They’ve made it really easy on me to come in and be able to take over the program and teach them as best as I can. They’ve been really valuable in setting the tone for the team.”
Bayleigh Ballard, Lydia Clifford, Cassie Gardner and Bekah Lamberth were honored at halftime with roses. They also had photo posters with old pictures made specifically for the seniors.
“In and of themselves, they are each individually really good leaders. They’re great students. They’re excellent people. They’re really good role models for our younger players. They’re just outstanding kids. I’m just really fortunate to have them my first year to be my first senior class.”
Heritage and Springfield both hope their seasons will play out to the end.