Heritage boys soccer shuts out Winder

CONYERS -- The Heritage boys soccer team bounced back just fine from its first loss Tuesday in Conyers. Delibe Amaleu had two goals and three others scored as the Patriots had no problem with Winder-Barrow in a 5-0 victory.

Heritage, which surrendered a lead and lost 2-1 to Clarke Central last week, moved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 8-AAAAA. Winder-Barrow fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in league play and has lost to Heritage in five consecutive seasons by a combined 22-3.

Facing a harsh wind, it didn't take the host Patriots long to take the first lead of the game. Less than two minutes in, Austin Kulp freed himself and exploded down the right sideline, finding Jeffrey Lawson with a nice crossing pass 10 yards in front of the goal. Lawson scorched a shot past Winder-Barrow keeper Aaron Jeswald for a 1-0 lead.

Kulp did it all himself late in the first half. The junior again got free downfield and this time took the shot himself, sneaking a goal underneath a diving Jeswald to put the hosts up 3-0.

In between, Andre Deas had made it a two-goal game. Eight minutes after Lawson scored, Jeswald gambled and it worked against the keeper.

Jeswald came way out of the box to make a play, but couldn't corral the ball, Deas caught up to the loose ball and scored in the empty net to make it 2-0 with 29:59 to play in the opening half.

"I thought we played very well (Tuesday) considering the wind," said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart. "We had the tough region loss Friday, and we sorted some of those problems out in training on Monday. The intensity and tactical adjustment we made there on the training field directly carried over into (the) win."

Amaleu picked up his two goals 14 minutes apart in the second half. With thirty minutes left, a header was knocked away, but Amaleu scored on the rebound. At the 16:17 mark, Amaleu had two chances to score and put the second shot away to push the Patriots' advantage to 5-0.

Heritage begins one of its toughest road trips of the season tonight when it travels to Grayson for a non-region game at 7:30 p.m. The Patriots resume region play with a game at Habersham Central Saturday at 5 p.m.

"Big week this week -- Grayson (Thursday), and Hab on Saturday," said Stewart. "Hopefully this week we can get that rhythm going and carry us into the season."