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Seminoles upset St. Pius in PKs

ATLANTA - The Salem boys soccer team pulled off a first-round upset at St. Pius on Wednesday night.

The Seminoles (13-4-1) converted all four of their penalty kicks to shock the Golden Lions 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

The two squads battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation.

Daniel Aguilar gave the Seminoles a 1-0 lead late in the first half.

That lead stood up until St. Pius scored off a penalty kick with seven minutes remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime, the game went to PKs.

Salem's Blake Whitson, Colin Easterbrook, Garrett Wallace and Nate Pulliam all converted their kicks. Keeper Trent Carpenter made two saves during the PKs for the Seminoles.

"They (our players) did really well. They came out hard and played well and they never stopped; that is what's great about the Salem boys soccer team," Salem boys coach Sean DeWeese said. "They're not daunted by anybody and they play until the finish. Things really fell in our favor tonight."

GIRLS

Marist 4, Heritage 1

ATLANTA - The Lady War Eagles (15-0) showed why they are ranked No. 1 in their first-round matchup with the Lady Patriots (13-5).

Marist scored twice in the first half at 7:43 and 18:01 to build a 2-0 advantage. In the second half, the Lady War Eagles added goals at 6:38 and 25:16.

Heritage became just the third team to score on Marist this season when Nadia Bryan scored off a Sydney Smith corner kick with 12:53 left in the contest.

Goalkeeper Melissa Drish made 24 saves for the Lady Patriots, including 16 in the first half.

"We made some adjustments at halftime, tried to counterattack on them and really played well in the second half," Heritage girls coach Chad Suddeth said. "I'm proud of the girls for fighting for 80 minutes. I'm very proud we scored only the third goal on Marist all season long; that's a statement in itself.

"We started the game missing three starters and that kind of put us behind the eight ball, but again, not to make excuses, they are the No. 1 team in the state for a reason. They're really, really strong. It was a good learning experience for us because we're pretty young. It was good for these young girls to make to the state playoffs, especially after winning only five games last year. I'm very proud of our progress."