During the first half of Tuesday's boys soccer game between Salem and Madison County, the Region 8-AAAA combatants were dead even.
The second half was a different story.
The visiting Red Raiders scored four times in 25-minute span to pull away from Salem, 4-1 at Salem Stadium.
Salem got to within 2-1 seven minutes into the second half when Cristian Colin found Rico Pope, whose header beat Madison keeper Sebastian Jones at the 32:55 mark.
That was as close as the Seminoles would get as Joe Sandres beat Salem keeper Kai Uchimura for a goal with 28:15 left, and with 11 minutes to play, Forrest Gaskin snuck a shot past Uchimura to push the lead out to 4-1.
Both teams had several chances in the first half as Jones made a diving stop of a Colin shot early in the game, and knocked away other attempts. At the other end, Uchimura made two saves on shots by Daniel Walker, then with 10:25 to go until halftime had another stop as Shane McCullough tried to score.
Uchimura's luck ran out early in the second half as Myles Chasteen's header ended the scoreless battle and 27 seconds later Joel Kellum made it 2-0.Patriots girls no longer unbeatenThe Class AAAA No. 6 Heritage girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, 3-1 to Winder-Barrow on Tuesday.
The Patriots, who had only given up one goal in starting 5-0-1 and 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA, trailed just 2-1 after Kourtney Kelley, who had just subbed in, scored with 13 minutes until halftime. Heritage couldn't dent the scoreboard again and the Bulldoggs (3-3, 1-0) added an insurance goal in the second half to pull the upset.
"Really pretty devastated right now and honestly surprised at tonight's result," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said. "Can't really put my finger on our problem tonight because I thought my girls played pretty well -- not our best effort, but didn't play poorly. With our success, we talk all the time about teams shooting for us and the importance for us being ready to take every team's best shot. Tonight we were obviously not up for that task. Back to the drawing board for us, can't dwell on this, can't feel sorry for ourselves."
The Heritage boys had better luck in the nightcap, winning 5-1, thanks to a hat trick and a pair of assists by Maurico Reyes. The Patriots (3-3-1, 3-0) led just 2-1 before Reyes fed Gustavo Martinez for a goal at the 14-minute mark of the first half, and Reyes added his second goal with two minutes left to make it a 4-1 game.
"The boys played very well," Heritage coach Brandon Stewart said. "Our constant pressure from wide play opened up the middle for Reyes to run rampant in the first half ... he was all over the place and really hitting his form."