A competitive 80 minutes of playing time wasn't enough and neither was an extra 10 minutes of overtime to decide the Heritage/Sequoyah first round playoff contest. The Patriots pulled out a 3-2 victory after winning 4-3 in penalty kicks.
Heritage got on the board early with a nice kick off the side of Austin McMillan's foot at the 24:42 minute mark in the first half. Conner Domaleski played great in-goal making a number of terrific saves, but let up his first goal at the 18:46 minute mark in the first half.
The teams were tied a 1-1 coming out of halftime, but Heritage would take the first lead of the second half at the 24:12 minute mark which saw Adam North got deep into the box and hit the back of the net. Just one minute and 16 seconds later, Sequoyah answered to tie the game.
Neither team would score in regulation or overtime, forcing the game to go to PKs. Each team's first three shot takers would convert before Sequoyah's Cole Heard shot high above the crossbar. McMillan came up to give Heritage a lead, but his shot was blocked and the teams remained tied.
Another Sequoyah miss gave the Patriots the opportunity to get the winner. Akil Williams stepped up calmly and netted one to give the Patriots the win. Heritage will host Richmond Academy next week.
For a full recap check out the Rockdale News' Saturday print edition.