Heritage girls win third straight

It seems as if ordered has been restored with the Heritage girls soccer team. After an uncharacteristically-slow start, the Class AAAAA No. 10 Patriots defeated Eagle’s Landing 9-0 Thursday to win their third consecutive game, all on the road.

In unpleasant weather conditions, the Patriots stormed out to a 7-0 halftime lead and was never threatened in moving to 4-2 overall after 1-2 start that included nine goals allowed in home losses to Class AAAAA No. 3 McIntosh and Class AAAAAA No. 4 Grayson.

The host Eagles had no such luck against the visitors from Conyers. Sara Boggus and Faith Shelton each had two goals by halftime as Heritage built its big lead at the break. Boggus completed her hat trick in the second half off a pass from Mady Carter, who herself had scored earlier in the half.

“Very impressed with my girls’ ability to ignore the distractions, get off to a great start, and take care of business (Thursday),” said Heritage coach Chad Suddeth. “We played very crisp with clean touches and some sweet combos, almost as if we were playing in 70 degrees with sunny and clear conditions. Very impressive.”

Heritage received contributions from a variety of players as Shelton added two assists, as did Kaley Wells, and Adrienne Risk had a goal and assist. It was the sixth consecutive season Heritage has gotten the better of its Henry County neighbor, including consecutive 9-0 victories.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have outscored their last three opponents by a combined 17-1. Now, Suddeth’s team will try to reverse its home luck when Habersham Central visits Evans Memorial Stadium for a matinee Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“Gotta get ready for a tough Hab(ersham) team on a quick turn-around,” said Suddeth.