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Heritage girls drop finale to Loganville

LOGANVILLE - Tuesday turned out to be a devastating day for the Heritage girl's soccer team. In the regular season finale, host Loganville scored two goals in a two-minute span in the first overtime to hold off Heritage, 3-2 in what turned out to be the Region 8-AAAAA championship game.

Loganville (12-2-1, 7-1) will be the region's No. 1 seed when the Class AAAAA state playoffs begin April 30, while Heritage (12-4-2, 7-1) was knocked down to the No. 3 seed and will go on the road for the first round.

The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, but Heritage took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Faith Shelton one minute into the extra session. Loganville then stunned the Patriots with a pair of goals two minutes apart to grab a 3-2 cushion, and the teams played a scoreless second overtime.

"Disappointed is the right term. I'm absolutely crushed right now," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said afterwards.

Heritage, which was trying to win the program's first region championship since 2005, took the early lead on a goal by Sara Boggus from 15 yards out.

With 30 minutes to play in regulation, Loganville's Jessica Moore scored the equalizer and it became a defensive struggle until Shelton's goal.

Heritage will travel to the Region 5-AAAAA runner-up Allatoona for the first round of the state tournament next Wednesday.

"It was absolutely heart-breaking for us. We felt we had the region championship won, then 90 seconds later we are the number three seed. Totally crushing feeling that will sting for a long while," said Suddeth. "We'll see if we're going to be able to regroup, that will certainly be the challenge. I'd like to think my girls are mature enough to regroup, but I know they're hurting right now."

It wasn't a completely lost evening as the Heritage boys won 4-1 in the nightcap.

Four different players scored goals-Austin Kulp, Juan Villanueva, Adam North and Tyler Weaver-and Jeffrey Lawson picked up three assists for the Patriots, who finished the regular season 13-3-2.

"We dominated the game, we had probably 15 chances in the first half, lots of (one-on-ones), just not good enough finishing," said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart.

Heritage is the No. 3 seed from region 8 and will travel to the Region 5-AAAAA runner-up in next week's first round.