The Heritage boys soccer team completed a big night Tuesday in Conyers, securing a scoreless tie with Class AAAAA No. 7 Parkview. Earlier in the night, the girls got a late goal to defeat the No. 10 Parkview girls.
The Patriots had a huge chance to break through for the first goal when Mauricio Reyes hit the post with 32:25 left in the game. Eleven minutes later, Parkview's Sammy Korgi's shot was saved by Heritage keeper Alejandro Alvarado. With two minutes left in the game, Jonathon Jarrett had a chance to win it for the visiting Panthers, but Alvarado made another nice save.
Heritage improved to 0-2-1, while Parkview moved to 1-0-2.
"I am extremely proud of our boys. We felt they played their tail off for the full 80 minutes," said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart.
There were few chances for either team during a scoreless first half. Jarrett got deep into Heritage territory on a number of occasions, shooting high twice and having his shot saved by Alvarado at the 29:21 mark. Alvarado was injured twice during the opening half, and gave way to Marcos Mendez for the final 10 minutes, but Parkview didn't threaten after Jarrett's last chance at the 21-minute mark.
Heritage had a pair of chances, one coming when Harrison Kulp's shot was saved by Diego Casillas less than 10 minutes in, and the final opportunity came with 12 seconds left until halftime when Joseph Switay got free, but his shot was high.
"Parkview has a wonderful program and we knew coach (Michael) Tolmich would bring them organized and ready to go -- not to mention they are the seventh-ranked team in (Class AAAAA)," Stewart said. "So, as the boys worked their socks off, I felt a draw was a positive step for our progression from last week."
Heritage plays Rockdale in the Region 8-AAAA opener for both schools Friday.
Both Salem teams picked up wins on the road at Griffin. The boys moved to 2-1, getting goals from Ahmadu Mahdi and Jonah Griswold (his second goal in as many games) in a 2-1 victory. Earlier in the day, the girls (2-1) continued to light up the scoreboard, following an 8-1 victory over Newton last weekend with a 4-0 shutout of Griffin.
The Salem clubs host Habersham Central on Friday in the Region 8-AAAA opener, with the Class AAAA No. 7 Raiders playing in the boys nightcap.