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Heritage boys tie North Oconee

CONYERS -- The Heritage boys soccer team had its four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, but it's still been a while since the Patriots lost.

North Oconee scored the equalizer with three minutes left in the game as the teams tied 2-2 in a non-region game at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Mauricio Reyes had given Heritage (5-3-2) a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to play in the game. In the first half, the Patriots, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games, went up 1-0 on a goal by Delvin Bickham, but North Oconee (4-2-1), which also hasn't lost in five games, tied the score early in the second half.

"We played really well (Tuesday), knocking the ball around," said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart, whose team played its fifth game in 12 days. "While I'm disappointed, we played really, really well again, well enough to win. We looked a little sluggish, but I'm proud of them; they worked their socks off."

The Heritage girls got a hat trick from Arielle Gunderson in a 6-0 win in the opener. Both Patriots teams return to the pitch Friday when Region 8-AAAA foe Apalachee travels to Conyers.

Salem baseball falls again

A pair of RBIs from both Eric Bechet and Chase Duncan were not enough as Salem's slump continued in a 10-5 loss to Woodland Tuesday. The Seminoles lost their sixth consecutive game and fell to 2-7.

"We challenged our guys at practice Monday to improve our focus, concentration, effort level and play," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said. "We did that tonight and got better. It doesn't show in the final score or in the win-loss column, but we did play a better game tonight."

After the difficulties in non-region play, the Seminoles begin Region 8-AAAA play Friday at Apalachee.

"What we have to concentrate on now is that region play is just beginning," Kitchens said. "We have a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over."