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Heritage girls one win from region title

GAINESVILLE -- The Heritage girls soccer team is one win from its first region championship in eight years.

Three different players scored as the Patriots defeated Gainesville 3-0 in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Heritage (12-3-2, 7-0), which last won a region title in 2005, will travel to Loganville on Tuesday for the league championship. Friday's victory, though, makes Tuesday's game that much bigger.

"Huge win, absolutely huge, on the road, (to) get us to where we want to be Tuesday," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said. "This game was big, but it makes Tuesday even bigger."

The Patriots didn't waste much time securing a lead as Faith Shelton scored at the 34:51 mark of the opening half. Six minutes later, Alley Silvey made it 2-0, taking a pass from Haley Elliot and ripping a goal from the top of the box.

"We got off to a good start -- two goals in the first 12 minutes, that really set the tone," Suddeth said.

With 28 minutes to play in the game, Tori Shelton fed Sara Boggus and Boggus scored to make it 3-0.

"It was big, it took a little pressure off and the girls played with a little less pressure, little more free spirited," Suddeth said of Boggus' goal. "It really opened up the field the last 15, 20 minutes; we really controlled play. We maintained possession quite a bit."

Patriots keeper Mady Carter added 14 saves, including two stops on breakaways, to secure the Conyers school's 12th shutout of the season.

The host Red Elephants got some revenge in the nightcap, defeating Heritage 4-1 behind two goals and two assists from Ricardo Montoya.

Joe Switay scored the only goal for Heritage, which has lost two of its last three games after starting the year 11-1-2 and fell to 5-2 in league play.

"(Probably) good to get our butt kicked, will refocus (the team)," Heritage coach Brandon Stewart said.