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Heritage soccer splits in season openers

It felt like a playoff atmosphere, and it was only opening night for the girls soccer teams at Heritage and Grayson.

In the seventh round of penalty kicks, Lena Killingsowrth scored a goal and Mady Carter made a game-ending save to lift Heritage to a 1-0 victory Tuesday.

The teams had ended each of their last four meetings in a tie, so both coaches decided to play until a winner was determined. It took a while.

After two scoreless overtime sessions, each team converted its first four penalty kicks -- Heritage got goals from Carter, Arielle Gunderson, Courtney Hodges and Kaley Wells. Cate Reach's shot was saved by the Grayson keeper, but with the Rams trying to win it, Carter made a game-saving save to send the thriller to the sixth round of kicks. In the sixth, Ray Brown converted for Heritage, but Grayson retied the game, setting up Killingsworth and Carter's heroics.

The Heritage boys fell to Grayson, 3-1 in the nightcap. The only goal for the Patriots came from Mauricio Reyes, who scored with 18 minutes left in the first half.

Both Heritage teams host South Gwinnett on Friday at Evans Memorial Stadium, with the girls game kicking off at 5:30 p.m.