Five from Heritage to play in all-star games

The 2012 season keeps getting better for the soccer teams at Heritage.

Five players and one coach will be a part of the D1Varsity All-Star soccer games today at Marist School in Atlanta.

Boys head man Brandon Stewart will join the coaching staff of the white team against the blue team in the game pitting players from Class A, AAA and AAAA. Stewart, who was named Region 8-AAAA coach of the year, will be joined by co-region player of the year Mauricio Reyes, Gustavo Martinez and Harrison Kulp.

"My boys have put in serious work," said Stewart, whose team went unbeaten in region play and won the program's first league title since 2003. "And I'm proud of their work rate, perseverance, and even more so continuing to work hard for one another in all those aspects."

In the girls game, Heritage's dynamic duo of Courtney Hodges (Clayton State signee) and Arielle Gunderson (University of Florida), who scored the only goal in a quarterfinal loss to defending state champion McIntosh last weekend, will play for the blue team.

"It's always nice for the players to receive this type of recognition. It's a reward for all of the hard work and sacrifice that they put in," said Heritage girls coach Chad Suddeth, whose team won 16 games for just he second time in the program's history.

Joining Hodges and Gunderson on the girls team will be midfielder/defender Tara Harrison and midfielder/forward Amber Lafond of Eastside, and Rockdale defender and Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) signee Megan Calik. In the boys game, Eastside forward Trent Taylor will play on the blue team.

The boys game begins at 1 p.m. with the girls game following at 3 p.m.