The White House Heritage girls soccer team began the week by beating two District 9-AA opponents – Macon County and Portland – on back-to-back days.
The Lady Patriots defeated Macon County 4-2 on Monday at home. 24 hours later, the team handed Portland a 6-0 loss.
Abby Tolbert scored a pair of goals against Macon County. Mally Horn and Cassie Gardner also netted goals.
“Macon County put together a good game plan for (us),” Roach said. “They looked to pack it in defensively and countered when given the opportunity to get forward.”
Roach also credited junior defender Bayleigh Ballard for her lock-down play on the back line. The Lady Patriots have allowed just two goals in their four District 9-AA games.
“The last few games she has been such a consistent force playing right back,” Roach said. “Her defending and creativity has been pivotal for us.”
Ella Bryant scored a pair of second-half goals against Portland. Tolbert, Gardner, Alex Green and Eimy Esparza also tallied scores. Heritage’s first five goals were scored by different players.
“You don’t want to be one-dimensional and just have one player that can score,” Roach said. “The fact that the first five goals were by five different players is a positive sign.
Portland put up a fight in the first half. The game remained scoreless for the first 30 minutes, but the Lady Patriots reeled off four straight goals to take a 4-0 lead at halftime.
“The first 20 minutes they played toe-to-toe with us,” Roach said. “In high school soccer, you see the ball hit the back of the net, and sometimes that’s all you need. We scored four (in a row), and the game was over.”
Heritage (7-2-3) went on to beat White House 6-1 Thursday to capture the District 9-AA regular season title. That was the first step toward the Lady Patriots’ ultimate goal: making the Class AA state tournament.
“We have like five seniors that have started since eighth grade,” Esparza said. “We’ve been wanting to go to state for the longest time. This year, we know we can really do it. That’s pushing us to go even harder.”