Prep Soccer Roundup
Heritage School clinches 6th straight region title
by Staff Reports
Even with an extremely young lineup, so far The Heritage School’s girls soccer season has been ... well ... Brillanti.
Sophomore Sara Brillanti scored four goals and younger sister Gina added a goal and two assists as the Lady Hawks wrapped up their sixth consecutive region soccer championship with a resounding 10-0 win over Dominion Christian.
With the Brillanti siblings leading the way with eight points, Heritage put an exclamation point on its Region 1-AAA title hunt, which wasn’t a sure thing heading into the 2013 season with just two seniors and a junior on the rosters. The Lady Hawks, however, have been dominant, allowing just two goals this year while trailing for less than 12 minutes the entire spring.
“We were very young coming into the year, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But our goals stayed the same,” Heritage School head coach Ron Rineer said. “We wanted to win a region championship and advance to the state playoffs. We can check that off the list.”
At 11-0 overall and 9-0 in 1-AAA, the Lady Hawks now have home-field advantage through the GISA Class AAA championship game starting next Tuesday. Heritage School has a chance to wrap up an undefeated regular season on Thursday at home against Holy Spirit.
“I told the girls we can go into that game without any pressure on us,” Rineer said.
The Lady Hawks didn’t seem to feel any on Tuesday, jumping out to a 4-0 halftime before scoring its final six goals in the opening 8:14 of the final period to end the game by mercy rule.
Calista Eckert and Emma Martin each scored twice in Tuesday’s victory. Eckert, a freshman, also had an assist.
Junior Ansley Dieckmann finished with a goal and an assist for Heritage.
Lady Hawks goalkeeper Lillie Smith added another shutout in front of a defense comprised of Maggie Crosby, Elizabeth Massenburg, Sullivan Wilkins, Cheney Thomasson and Whitney Brown.
In other soccer action Tuesday:
NORTHGATE SWEEPS MT. ZION ON SENIOR NIGHT: Northgate lineups dominated Mt. Zion-Jonesboro at Henry Seldon Field while outscoring its opponents 15-0 in a Region 4-AAAAA doubleheader sweep on Senior Night.
The Lady Vikings needed just 24 minutes to wrap up their 11-0 victory, scoring twice in the opening 45 seconds of play. The girls improved their 4-AAAAA record to 6-2 while now 9-3 overall.
The Vikings followed with a 4-0 win while improving to 6-3 in region play and 7-6 overall.
NEWNAN SPLITS WITH CARROLLTON: The Lady Cougars continued an impressive 2013 season with a 3-0 victory on Senior Night while improving to 11-4 this season.
The boys dropped their game while falling to 8-8 overall.