Defending champs put an end to Heritage's season

Mary Coffed and Ali Mackay scored two goals apiece and Marist dominated Heritage, 6-0, Tuesday in a Class AAAA second-round game.

The War Eagles, defending Class AAAA state champions and ranked No. 1 by eurosportscoreboard, won their 16th consecutive game and eliminated Heritage for the second straight season.

"All good things must come to an end," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said. "It's unfortunate the scoreboard looks like it does (but) the last two years we got beat by the No. 1 team in the state. I'm proud of them."

Midway through the first half, Marist (18-1) began to take control. After a flurry of scoring chances and two great saves by Heritage keeper Melissa Drish in the 20th minute, the War Eagles broke through on Coffed's goal off a feed from Belen Diego to make it 1-0. Coffed struck again thirty seconds later, rifling a penalty kick past Drish to give the War Eagles a 2-0 lead.

"We ... definitely had our opportunities before that which we didn't capitalize," Marist coach Sergio Stadler said. "When you're in a playoff experience (sometimes) you rush shots. Patience I think was the key. I think we settled down; things worked out."

Marist picked up a goal late in the half that seemed to take the life out of the visiting Patriots. In the 34th minute, Kristen Meier knocked in a beautiful header to put the War Eagles ahead 3-0.

"(Marist is) faster than us; they're more skilled than us," Suddeth said. "I knew they'd be tough."

Class AAAA's top team continued its assault in the second half. Mary Beth Bleekrode snuck a shot past Drish just forty-two seconds in that made it a 4-0 game. Later, Mackay scored two goals a minute apart, the first when Drish fell down and the final goal on a header off a pass from Lauren Klein.

Heritage (10-5-4) got its only shot on goal with 13:25 to play when Nadia Bryan's corner kick came up short. The Marist defense, which has allowed seven goals during its current 16-game winning streak, allowed minimal penetration, something Suddeth had said earlier in the week was a key to the Patriots staying in the game.

"We just never put anything together consistently (and) we didn't penetrate their defense at all," Suddeth said. "We were chasing them all night."

"We possessed the ball and that's our style of play," Stadler said. "I'm proud of my girls. They were impressive."

Drish, who made 22 saves in last year's 4-1, first-round loss to Marist, made 14 saves Tuesday.