Heritage teams start important week on right foot

An important week for respective Heritage School soccer lineups certainly got off to a promising start on Monday, with both boys and girls teams vying to keep pace near the top of Region 1-AAA.

The Lady Hawks put together one of their most impressive efforts of the year in an 11-1 rout of Atlanta Girls School at home, less than 10 days after hanging on for a 3-1 victory in a game played in Kennesaw during what hoped to be the final chill of the season.

Heritage’s boys followed with a 2-0 shutout win over The Weber School, with the Hawks finally breaking a scoreless tie with pair of goals over the final 40 minutes of play.

Things weren’t nearly as tight in the girls contest in a much different game than when Heritage and Atlanta Girls met on a cold, windy afternoon at Silverbacks Stadium.

Calista Eckert and Kate Everett led a dominating effort on Monday while leading the Lady Hawks with four and three-goal efforts, respectively. Sara Brillanti also scored twice in the victory and added three assists as Heritage went up comfortably 5-1 at halftime.

“We thoroughly dominated every aspect of the game,” Lady Hawks head coach Ron Rineer said. “We played incredibly well.”

Heritage’s girls improved its 1-AAA record to 7-1 while also 7-2 overall heading into a showdown with region leader Holy Spirit (8-1, 7-0) on Wednesday at home.

Sullivan Wilkins and senior Ansley Dieckmann each had a goal in the victory. Calista and Jaina Eckert each had two assists while Catherine Heindel and Lou Pfundt added one apiece.

The Hawks, meanwhile, improved their 1-AAA record to 6-1 while moving to 7-1 overall while also staying one game behind region leader Holy Spirit (5-0, 4-0 in 1-AAA). The two teams play Wednesday in Atlanta.

On Monday, the team won its fifth consecutive game since a 3-0 loss to Holy Spirit on March 20, while picking up goals from Cole Bridges and David Martin in the second half.

The Hawks broke through on David Barber’s corner kick that was headed out of the air by Bridges. Martin then added an insurance goal late when he outworked two defenders and booted a low line drive past Weber’s keeper off an assist from Bridges.

After earning a 2-1 win over Weber on the road Friday, Heritage dropped their opponents to 3-3 in the region and 3-4 overall.

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