White House Heritage soccer has a record of 12-2-2 this season, including a 14-game unbeaten streak in the middle. The Patriots went undefeated in District 9-AA and are in position to go deep into the playoffs.
All of this is happening thanks to the play of an 11-man senior class, one year removed from a season that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve been blessed with a huge senior class of 11, and all of those guys are all in," Heritage coach Mark Redferrin said.
While there have been external circumstances that have thrown a wrench in a lot of teams’ plans, the Patriots’ senior class has been able to keep the program stable and continue improving.
Redferrin’s father was a general contractor, so he put it in terms of building a house from the ground up.
“The first thing you start off with is building the foundation of a house,” Redferrin said. “We started laying that foundation last year and kind of got stopped. This year we kind of picked up from where we left off last year and just really talking about values and what’s important to us.”
The seniors came up with the team’s motto of “RISC.” It stands for Respect, Integrity, Selflessness and Culture, and it is working for them.
For the first time in their high school careers, the Patriots defeated White House.
The team made a list of goals at the beginning of the season. Finishing the district undefeated was the first thing on that list. Check.
Up next, the Patriots want to become district tournament champions, then region champions, then make the state tournament.
Those are bold goals, and it will take a bold group of players to band together and get it done. Redferrin believes this group is talented enough, and their leaders are selfless enough to take them to new heights.
“You have to have a group of people that truly don’t care about personal accolades, and they don’t care about who gets the credit,” Redferrin said. “They’re truly just about the team. We’re truly blessed to have a group of seniors that feel that way genuinely.”
Eleven seniors enter their final games donning the navy and red. Their final game could be in the next week, or they could have a few more victories in them over the next three weeks.