Late goal earns Devils a tie

Late goal earns Devils a tie

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Late goal earns Devils a tie

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WHITE HOUSE The White House and Rossview boys prep soccer programs are very familiar with each other.

They’ve played 12 times since Rossview opened prior to the 2001-02 school year.

Lately, they can’t get any separation as they played to a tie for the third consecutive season, a 1-1 deadlock in the opening match of the White House Round-Robin Tournament on Friday evening.

“We’re blessed to be able to get three good teams to come into our tournament every year,” Blue Devil head coach Mark Lamberth said. “Rossview is exceptionally well-coached. We are seeing a team we want to be up there with. It’s always them and Clarksville at the top of their district for region play.”

White House High junior Austin Blansett maintains possession amidst pressure from Rossview senior Jared Stanford during first-half action.

White House High junior Austin Blansett maintains possession amidst pressure from Rossview senior Jared Stanford during first-half action.

Both goals were scored over the final three minutes on Friday.

It appeared as if the Hawks (2-3-1) might win after senior Kyle Schwartz headed in a rebound with 2:35 remaining. Classmate Jared Stanford took a free kick moments earlier that was headed off the crossbar by freshman Cameron Carroll, and Schwartz converted on the rebound.

However, White House senior Mark Lees received a pass from sophomore defender Corey Curtis and placed a shot into the left side of the net with 1:06 remaining.

“It looked like we were on spring break,” Lamberth said. “We weren’t bad, but we weren’t good. We just found enough at the end to even the score.”

White House High junior Austin Pairs plays a ball up the sideline in front of Rossview sophomore Hunter Torres during first-half action.

White House High junior Austin Pairs plays a ball up the sideline in front of Rossview sophomore Hunter Torres during first-half action.

After Rossview junior goalkeeper Brennan Pritts batted sophomore Donovan Dixon’s looping shot out of play with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Blue Devils (2-2-1) scrambled to get a corner kick off before time expired. Lees’ corner kick was headed by sophomore Brady Briley toward the right side of the net, but an opportunistic defender – senior Alain Brown – cleared the ball away as time expired.

Briley had a pair of near-misses earlier in the second half, with his free kick from approximately 30 yards out hitting off of the left post and Pritts sprawling to bat away Briley’s unmarked shot from 15 yards away in the 68th minute.

White House High sophomore defender Seth Bumbalough dribbles upfield during first-half action.

White House High sophomore defender Seth Bumbalough dribbles upfield during first-half action.

The Blue Devils are just 1-7-4 against the Hawks.

Reach Craig Harris at charris@mtcngroup.com or at 615-575-7138. Follow him on Twitter @HarrisGNESports.

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