Lilburn Joe Switay had a blistering goal from 18 yards out for the match-tying goal, but Heritage lost 3-2 in penalty kicks Friday against Parkview in non-region play.
Switay blasted a shot into the upper-left corner of the net at the 18:59 mark of the second half, though Parkview outlasted the Patriots in penalty kicks, dropping the Conyers school to 12-2-2.
Parkview (8-6) led 2-1 when the game got off to an electric start as three goals were scored within the first 10 minutes of play.
A little over five minutes in, Parkview’s Riley Bayly found Sammy Korgi with a nice pass and Korgi fed Cole Brown for the first goal of the night. Heritage answered immediately as Andre Deas had a nice feed to Austin Kulp and Kulp beat Parkview keeper Chase Kammer to tie things at 1-1 at the 34-minute mark.
The hosts went up 2-1 when Connor Rosenthal was fouled in the box and Tyler Stephenson scored on a penalty kick at the 30:28 mark.
That was all the scoring Parkview would do in regulation.
Meanwhile, Kulp left with an injury late in the first half and didn’t play the rest of the way.
It looked as if the Panthers’ one-goal lead would stand up until Kammer had no chance of stopping Switay’s beautiful shot.
Heritage (11-1-3) nearly took the lead with 3:09 left in the game, as Switay tried a nearly identical shot, but it sailed just high over the net.
In the girl’s opener, Class AAAAAA No. 2 Parkview outlasted Class AAAAA No. 8 Heritage, 1-0.
Parkview (12-2) won its 10th consecutive game, while Heritage dropped its second straight and fell to 10-3-2.
It was 0-0 in the second half, but seemed only a matter of time before Parkview would interrupt the scoreless tie. Morgan Fleming and Katie Hickman each hit a post 10 seconds apart, Kristin Telford was high with a shot a minute later, and with 12:12 to play in the game, Fleming hit the crossbar.
Heritage and keeper Mady Carter weren’t as lucky at the 11:08 mark when Parkview sent a shot in, Emma Carlson and Carter battled for the ball, but Carlson knocked it into the net to put Parkview up 1-0.
In what turned out to be Heritage’s only shot on goal of the night, Abbey Dunlop’s pass was corralled by Sara Boggus, and Boggus tried to beat Parkview keeper Mariah Garner, but Garner made the save with 3:12 to play, preserving the shut out for the Gwinnett County school.
“We knew we were in for a heck of a challenge competing with an elite team that is Parkview. They’re one of the best in the state,” said Heritage girl’s coach Chad Suddeth. “The reason we challenge ourselves with these teams is to get us ready (for the state tournament).”
It was a defensive struggle in the opening half as the teams went to the locker room in a scoreless tie.
Heritage’s lone chance came when Haley Elliot’s header off a corner kick was high at the 11:05 mark.
Parkview had a handful of chances, but the Patriots’ defense, thanks to an excellent first half by defender Erika Martinez, stymied the hosts several times.
Camille Colston was wide on a pair of shots within the final six minutes, the final two chances of the half for either team. Earlier, Kristin Telford had a header saved by Heritage keeper Mady Carter, Elizabeth Quintanilla was wide with a shot at the 28:30 mark, and Katie Hickman’s shot with 19:10 left was scooped up by Carter.
“I thought the girls had a sell-out type of approach for us, lot of positives,” said Suddeth. “It wasn’t really pretty at times (but) it was effective for the most part.”