ATHENS - The Heritage Lady Patriots continued their winning ways in Region 8-AAAA by beating Clarke Central on the road 4-1 on Friday.
Michelle Borg played a big part in Heritage's win, scoring one goal and assisting on the other three.
Also scoring for the Class AAAA No. 7-ranked Lady Patriots (4-1-3, 4-0) were Nadia Bryan, Brittany Gray and Shealy Kulp.
"We were very pleased with the effort (Friday night), especially after a very disappointing performance against No. 2-ranked Woodward Academy on Wednesday. They stepped up and really focused on improving," Heritage girls coach Chad Suddeth said. "I'd say we improved in many areas. We are finally getting healthy and hopefully we can get on a little run here in the region. Obviously, Michelle Borg's play tonight set the tone."
After missing several scoring opportunities by Gray, Sydney Smith and Constance Bates, Borg broke the scoreless tie by setting up a break-away goal by Bryan to take a 1-0 lead.
Borg's collaborations were just getting started. As the second half started, she sent a long throw-in into the Clarke Central (4-4, 2-1) box where Gray was waiting to bury the second goal of the evening.
Kulp followed up with a 25-yard bomb to the back-side netting, again assisted by Borg.
After setting up everyone else up, Borg delivered an unassisted goal from 30 yards out to make the score 4-0 with 22 minutes to play.
Clarke Central scored with seven minutes remaining to break Heritage's shutout effort.
Heritage keeper Melissa Drish finished the night with five saves.
"Shealy Kulp and Janet Van Heest did a fantastic job tonight controlling the midfield. I'm also proud of our defense responding tonight and keeping things organized in the back," Suddeth said. "Michelle Turner, Lindsey Sutton and Arielle Gunderson should get a lot of credit. This is a great bunch of girls that are really good when our minds are right."
In the boys game, the Heritage Patriots (3-3, 3-1) were also victorious with a 1-0 over Clarke Central (1-4-1, 1-1).
Heritage will return to action Tuesday at home against Winder-Barrow.
The girls begin at 5:30 p.m. with the boys starting at 7:30.