A pair of White House Heritage girls soccer players are sticking together for college.
Defender Mally Horn and forward Abby Tolbert both recently signed with Motlow State Community College to continue their studies and playing careers.
“I’m so excited to see Mally and Abby playing together at the next level,” former WH Heritage soccer coach Rett Roach said. “Chemistry is often underrated in the game of soccer. Having two elite players coming from the same high school program should pay dividends for Motlow.”
Added current WH Heritage coach Mark Redferrin: “They’ve been playing together for so long, and to get to enjoy that for a few more years is really neat. I think it’s going to be great for both of them. They walk in and don’t have to learn about each other’s style of play and tendencies.”
Horn earned All-Robertson County honors after scoring six goals and dishing out 12 assists as a senior in 2019. The left back helped anchor the Heritage defense that allowed less than 1.5 goals per game, though she was also routinely involved on offense.
“She is defensively-oriented but looks to counter offensively whenever available,” Roach said. “Furthermore, she is extremely dangerous on corners with her heading ability. Motlow opponents best take notice of her offensive prowess or they will be picking the ball out of the back of the net.”
Horn and Tolbert often exchanged crosses and long passes. The Lady Patriots turned to Tolbert and Tennessee Wesleyan signee Alex Green when they needed a goal. Tolbert finished with 14 goals and 12 assists and landed Robertson County Offensive Player of the Year last season.
“Abby is a dangerous offensive weapon due to her crossing ability and leg strength,” Roach said. “She constantly has her head up and puts balls exactly where they need to be. Because of this, I suspect she will be playing right wing at the collegiate level.”
Motlow State, located in Lynchburg, Tennessee, finished its 2019 season with a 14-4 record and won its second straight Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular-season championship. The Lady Bucks soccer team was created in 2017.
Horn and Tolbert are familiar with helping build a program. They played key roles in what was a historic 2019 season for Heritage. The Lady Patriots went 12-3-4 and won their first District 9-AA and Region 5-AA tournament titles and beat White House three times after previously going 0-18-2 against their crosstown rival.
The 2020 class, which also included Green, Eimy Esparza and Sadie Short, finished their careers with a 47-25-7 record and elevated the Lady Patriots into a contender on the district, region and state levels.
“You can’t underestimate the contributions that the 2020 class made to our team and our program as a whole,” Redferrin said. “We always talk about taking steps forward, and that class took our team and made four or five leaps forward. It’s going to be tough replacing those kids… but it’s my hope that the lessons they taught our younger players carry over year after year.”