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Heritage soccer picks up pair of shut outs

The Heritage girls soccer team had spent the previous three games defeating Region 8-AAAAA opponents, but Wednesday, the Patriots had no trouble handling a non-league foe.

Faith Shelton had a first-half hat trick and Kennesaw State signee Mady Carter and Ray Brown (The Citadel) added two each in Heritage’s 10-0 victory over Fayette County at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Heritage (9-3) won its fourth consecutive game, following three region wins that included huge triumphs over Flowery Branch and Apalachee with its most dominant performance since a 9-0 victory over Eagle’s Landing March 6.

Sara Boggus, Kaley Wells and Jessica Walker each added a goal for the hosts.

The Heritage boys also picked up a shutout, defeating Fayette County 2-0 in the nightcap.

Austin Kulp and Adam North scored the goals for Heritage (9-3), while Fayette County could only muster one shot on goal. After each of their last three wins came by one goal, including last Friday’s 3-2 victory over Apalachee on a winning tally late in regulation, it was a welcome change for the Patriots to have a start-to-finish shut out.

“This is a good step in progression, from eking out matches and winning in (penalty kicks), to Friday…we took the match to them from the start, possessed the ball, didn’t force it and came away with the comfortable win,” said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart.

It could’ve been worse for the visiting Tigers as Heritage missed six chances within 12 yards of the goal.

“We were in their half all night, just couldn’t finish,” said Stewart.