Wolverines shut out Heritage

CONYERS -- In a matchup of top-10 girls soccer teams, visiting Union Grove had a little too much for Heritage. Kaitlyn Stallings scored two goals and Ashley Nagy added another as the Class AAAA No. 9 Wolverines picked up a 3-0 victory at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Union Grove stayed unbeaten at 8-0-1 and still has allowed just four goals all season, while the host Patriots had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-2-1.

The visitors from McDonough led only 1-0 before a pair of goals 2:30 apart put the game out of reach. With 5:29 left in the game, Stallings' shot deflected off a Heritage defender and found the back of the net for a two-goal cushion. With three minutes left, Nagy got free and beat Heritage keeper Mady Carter to make it a 3-0 game.

Union Grove took the lead for good 13 minutes into the opening half on a hook up off a corner kick. With 27:20 to play, Stallings was in perfect position on Alyssa Hearn's kick, and Stallings' header got past Carter for a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines had a great chance to make it a two-goal cushion with nine minutes to play until halftime, but Nagy, a Georgia State signee, missed a goal by inches, hitting the far post. Carter made three great plays in the first 40 minutes. The sophomore knocked away a shot by Nagy at the 29:47 mark, then late in the half stymied Union Grove on a pair of shots one minute apart, knocking away potential goals for Nagy (2:12 left), off an indirect kick, and Nikki LeFevre's chance at the 1:06 mark.

Heritage had four shots on goal in the opening half, including three within the first 10 minutes of the game, but none were particularly threatening for Wolverines keeper Dominique Fletcher.

In the final 40 minutes, Heritage's best chance to end the shutout came when Clayton State signee Courtney Hodges' shot from 15 yards out was wide.