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Heritage rolls to soccer sweep of Alcovy

CONYERS - Heritage's Megan Drish made the most of senior night, getting a hat trick as the Lady Patriots shut out Alcovy 11-0, while Tyler Peoples got a hat trick in the first half of the boys game to give Heritage a 5-1 win and the sweep Wednesday at Evans Memorial Stadium.

BOYS

Heritage 5, Alcovy 1

Heritage's Peoples not only gave the Patriots the first goal with 18:01 left in the opening half. Heritage also got the second goal less than a minute later at 17:11 on a John Hiner kick.

"It was senior night, and there was a lot of confusion and we couldn't get warmed up. But we got settled down and started playing well. We don't like it when we get all shook up like that," Heritage head coach Mike Beshiri said.

The Patriots began showing their dominance as Peoples made it 4-0 with goals in the 27th and 36th minute.

"That was three points for us. The team got three points; he said he couldn't do it by himself," Beshiri said. "That's what we do. We play team ball and we don't focus on the individual."

Alcovy tried to set the tempo to start the second half, but Heritage always found a way to stop the Tigers' progress.

Alcovy got the break it was looking for six minutes into the second half when Nick Waggoner scored on a free kick to make it 4-1.

Although Alcovy got one break, it was unable to produce another one as Heritage stopped the Tigers at every turn.

While Alcovy found it hard to score again, the Patriots could not find the back of the goal after scoring four times in the first half.

"It was a feast or famine lineup. We put all our offense up top and came back with a little less defense," Alcovy head coach Michael Ebel said. "The scoreboard didn't tell the whole story. We played real well. For these guys being the tradition-rich team that they were, they weren't all that impressive."

Heritage took advantage of an Alcovy miscue when Tim Cook scored on a header with 7:26 remaining in the contest.

GIRLS

Heritage 11, Alcovy 0

The Lady Patriots came out passing well and getting to the ball first as they set the pace early on, keeping the pressure on the Lady Tigers defense.

The only thing they could not do was get past Alcovy keeper Kailyn Maynard.

Maynard had six stops in the opening 20 minutes of the game and she watched eight other balls sail harmlessly outside the frame.

"I was really proud of the way they came out of the gate," Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said. "The first 20 minutes, they played hard. We just have to be able to put together a full game, that's been a problem."

After taking shot after shot, the Lady Patriots were able to sneak one through when Shea Smith made it 1-0 in the 21st minute of the game.

However, once the first goal came the others seemed to roll on through. Drish scored twice, with Whitney Adkins and Brittany Stickney adding to Heritage's tally within a 12-minute span to take a 5-0 lead.

"Our goals coming into this game was to start well with some intensity and passion," Heritage head coach Chad Suddeth said. "The other thing was to maintain our shape and knock the ball around to build an attack rather than forcing it."

With 2:20 left in the opening half, the Lady Patriots extended their lead to 6-0 on a Meredith Wilson goal.

Drish got her hat trick with 28:39 left in the game to give Heritage a 7-0 lead.

"I didn't know she got a hat trick," Suddeth said. "I'm real proud of my seniors; Megan's a great player."

While Heritage had its share of shots, it also had Alcovy's share as the Lady Tigers did not have a makeable shot on goal for the game.

"We worked three-touch soccer in practice. We can't hold onto the ball, we have to make quick passes and quick decisions," Edgar said. "I just don't know what it's going to be that makes us smart and gives us that confidence."

Freshmen Michelle Borg and Kelly Behrend, along with Aisha Brooks and Melissa Drish, scored the final goals to give Heritage the overwhelming win.

Manny Fils can be reached at mannyfils@newtoncitizen.com.