CONYERS - The Heritage soccer teams won their Area 8-AAAA games with a pair of shutouts as the Lady Patriots beat Winder-Barrow 6-0 before the boys finished off the Bulldoggs 5-0 on Tuesday.
Heritage 6, Winder-Barrow 0
The Lady Patriots, who are ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA, spread the wealth around as five players scored six goals.
Despite the win and dominant defensive play, holding the Lady Bulldoggs to two shots on goal, coach Chad Suddeth felt the team could have played better.
"At this point of the year we were not pleased with this performance. It was too inconsistent. We showed flashes of moving the ball and combining passes and creating some quality scoring opportunities, but we're still a long way away from where we need to be," he said.
"There's some critical games ... on the schedule and we've got to start putting things together and get more consistent. We have the potential, we demonstrated that in spurts, but we have to get more consistent."
Heritage took control of the game early in the contest with Constance Bates scoring on a Michelle Borg throw-in just three minutes into the opening half.
Nadia Bryan made it 2-0 for Heritage 15 minutes later on a ball deflected by Lady Bulldoggs' keeper Jessica Maynard.
The Lady Patriots scored two more times before intermission with Brittany Gray, on a Sydney Smith assist, and Kelly Behrend adding to Heritage's tally.
Scoring in the second half were Gray and Melissa Drish on a Bryan assist.
The Lady Patriots dominated the game on the field as well as on the scoreboard by controlling the tempo and keeping the pressure on the Winder-Barrow defense.
Heritage had a total of 39 shots, 21 being on goal, for the game.
"We have to work on closing better," Suddeth said. "We didn't put enough shots on goal. We're disappointed with the performance but very happy with the result. We'll take a region win at home any day of the week."
Both Heritage and Winder-Barrow seemed to be of equal size and speed but the Patriots quickly showed who was the better team.
Almost a minute into the game Se Hoon Ahn put the ball through an open goal after Bulldoggs keeper Brandon Knock missed the ball while charging in.
Less than five minutes later, Heritage made it 2-0 on a Tyler Peoples goal on a Josh Alexy assist.
Peoples also scored the last goal of the first half inside the final minute off a Ross Sellers corner kick.
While dominating the first half, Winder-Barrow took control of the second half outshooting the Patriots 14-5.
The only difference being that Heritage scored twice in its five tries.
"After the opening five to seven minutes (second half) I think we maybe had a little lack of concentration. That bothers me a little. We need to do a better job of finishing a team off instead of keeping the door open and letting them back in," Heritage coach Brandon Stewart said.
Heritage keeper John Barnes stayed busy with seven saves in the second half compared to two in the first.
Also keeping the Bulldoggs from scoring were defenders Alexy, Oscar Corona and Toby Brotherton.
Winder-Barrow's best scoring opportunity came with 13:58 left to play, the score being 3-0 at the time, when Alfred Nagbe's penalty kick just missed the crossbar.
Heritage put the game away when Francisco Pimentel scored twice within a 50-second period.
The first goal, with 5:27 left to play, came on a header off a Kevin Kirkpatrick cross.
The second, with 4:44 on the clock, was unassisted off a deflection.
Heritage will be back in area play Friday against Apalachee.
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