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Patriots fall in playoff penalty kicks
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Heritage boys’ soccer teams lost a heartbreaker in the second round of the state playoffs against Lakeside on Tuesday.  Heritage lost in penalty kicks 4-2, after a 1-1 tie in regulation.

Both teams came out slow to start the game. Heritage did have their chances to score in the first half, but they couldn’t put the ball through the net. Lakeside couldn’t get a goal either, leaving the game scoreless at halftime. 

“We came out a little flat,” Heritage Head Coach Brandon Stewart said. “We haven’t played in a week, and that field slowed our game down.” 

 Heritage finally hit their rhythm as Austin Cole scored the first goal of the game 10 minutes into second half. But a second goal to seal the win remained elusive. 

Lakeside was allowed to sit around a little too long and Lakeside eventually capitalized with a goal with 15 minutes left in the game. 

The game went into overtime with neither team scoring a goal. 

Finally, it came down to penalty kicks. Lakeside outscored Heritage 4-2 in penalty kicks and won the game. 

“It’s a cruel way to lose,” said Coach Stewart “But, that’s how the game is decided.”

Heritage finished the year (13-4-2) and they had a first round win against South Paulding.

“We have the chance of losing nine starters this year,” said Coach Stewart “It’s going to be a big learning curve next year.”