With a perennial state playoff team like Heritage, sometimes a tie is more satisfying than a victory. Such was the case for Patriots coach Chad Suddeth after a 1-1 tie with North Oconee in non-region play Tuesday.
Ally Silvey fed Sarah Boggus and the freshman forward scored the tying goal with 20 minutes to play in the game. The defense, specifically Heritage's, which surrendered just two shots on goal in the second half, did the rest.
For Suddeth, the draw was a much better performance than a 3-0 win over Habersham Central last weekend.
"Very proud overall of the performance, a lot sharper than we were Saturday at Habersham," said Suddeth, whose team improved to 6-1-1 overall.
It was a scoreless game at halftime before the host Titans got their only goal of the night with 30 minutes left, which Heritage keeper Mady Carter nearly saved.
"Mady almost made the save of the year, she got both hands on it and it trickled into the goal," Suddeth said.
Harrison Kulp scored both goals as the Heritage boys won 2-1 in the nightcap. The Patriots, whose last blemish came in a 2-1 loss to Clarke Central on March 1, extended their unbeaten streak to four games at 3-0-1.
The Heritage girls will try to stay unbeaten in region play when they host Flowery Branch on Friday at 6 p.m. in a battle of 2-0 teams. The boys, who took 20 shots against North Oconee, will play at 8 p.m., trying to hand 2-0 Flowery Branch its first region loss.
"(Tuesday) was a great tuneup for us for Friday night," Suddeth said.
"We'll work on finishing (shots) this week and prep for a massive region match versus Flowery Friday," boys coach Brandon Stewart said.
The Rockdale girls soccer team finally got its first win of the season, defeating Newton 3-2 Tuesday. Maria Campos, Vanessa Rome and Mireya Arteaga scored goals for the Bulldogs, who had scored just one goal all season before improving to 1-6.
Newton got some revenge in the boys nightcap, winning 4-0 to drop Rockdale to 2-5-1.
Bulldogs sweep Druid Hills in tennis
The Rockdale tennis teams won a pair of matches against Druid Hills in Region 2-AAAAAA action Tuesday. The boys won 5-0, led by No. 1 singles Patrick Sanders (8-4 winner), No. 2 Trey Hull (8-2) and No. 3 Logan Hull (8-3). The No. 1 doubles team of Bruce Mitchell and Abenet Adisu won 9-7 and No. 2 doubles team of Collin Shamley and Cameron Debro won 8-0.
In girls play, move-in Destiny Commodore, playing for Summer Walker, who was at a national tournament in Mobile, Ala., won a forfeited match at No. 1 singles to get the Bulldogs rolling. No. 2 singles player Cierra Chesser won 8-1 and the No. 1 doubles team of Abby Bradford, who was back after a minor injury, and Sydney Norton picked up an 8-1 victory.
"(Bradford is) not pain-free, but she was able to go out there and play," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "Assistant coach (Jimbo) Hull has really been working on (the entire team's) volleys in practice and it's really showing on the court.