Patriots roll past Eagles

COVINGTON - The Heritage soccer teams were able to take advantage of Eastside's inexperience and win both Region 8-AAAA South games Tuesday.

The Heritage boys (4-3 overall, 1-0 in 8-AAAA South) won the first game 5-1 before the No. 9-ranked Lady Patriots (8-0, 1-0), playing under lights, got the sweep with a 10-0 win.

The Eastside boys are now 4-6 overall and 0-2 in 8-AAAA South, while the Eastside girls are 6-4 and 0-2.


Heritage 5, Eastside 1

Heritage scored first when Tyler Peoples beat Eastside's Austin Cates seven minutes into the contest.

Eastside's Greg Morrell tied the game with 6:30 left in the first half. Heritage keeper John Barnes jumped but was unable to deflect away Morrell's high shot.

With the game tied at 1-1, Heritage's Peoples made it 2-1 three minutes into the second half after kicking the ball low and through a crowd.

"We settled down in the second half and we weren't trying to force it," Heritage boys coach Mike Beshiri said. "We were playing relaxed possession ball just like in practice and we put it in. We're getting better every game. If we do that, we'll be around longer than anybody."

Heritage's continued pressure paid off again in the 47th minute of the game when Ross Sellers knocked the ball past a charging Cates.

Corey Rodgers made it 4-1 on a low shot from the top of the box with 29 minutes left to play. The final goal of the game, by Heritage's Martin Ramos, came with 2:20 remaining on the clock.

"I'm proud of how we came out playing in the first half. We had lost three in a row and they kind of quit on themselves. They came out and showed that they had some heart," Eastside boys coach Brian Saffold said. "Then they came out in the second half and forgot that they have to string together two halves. That was pretty much the tale of the game."


Heritage 10, Eastside 0

Goalkeeper Kayla Jones kept the Lady Eagles in the game with several acrobatic saves early on, but the pressure by Heritage eventually broke down the Lady Eagles with Brittany Gray's goal with 21:37 left in the first half.

Constance Bates and Nadia Bryan scored within a minute of each other, giving Heritage a 3-0 lead. The goals were a result of defensive breakdowns, pitting the scorers one-on-one against Jones from inside the box.

"Constance has been doing a good job. The last two games, her work rate in the midfield has increased and as a result she's gotten more scoring opportunities," Heritage girls coach Chad Suddeth said. "That's a direct result of her work rate. If she continues to do that, she can dominate games."

The Lady Patriots' final goal of the half, coming with 1:15 left, was scored by Shea Smith after it was deflected away from Jones' hands by an Eastside defender.

Eastside almost got on the board on a corner kick by Ashton Tehrani 10 minutes into the second half. Instead, Heritage returned the ball to make it 5-0 on a Bates goal with 28:32 left to play.

Bates got a hat trick, scoring with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game as the Lady Patriots scored three goals in a three minute span to make it 8-0.

Scoring for Heritage were Megan Drish and Bryan.

Heritage's ninth goal, by Meredith Wilson, came with 2:33 left after Jones knocked down another attempt.

Gray, who started the scoring, knocked the last goal in, driving the ball and scoring with a minute to play.

"This was the cleanest game we've played all year from a touch standpoint. We knocked the ball around and possessed and made runs off the ball. I'm very proud of the girls for that," Suddeth said. "We played a little sloppy at times throughout the season, so I was proud that we played cleanly and consistently."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.