Heritage Generals

Northwest Whitfield's girls punched their ticket to their first-ever soccer final four with a 4-0 victory over Thomas County Central on Tuesday.

However, the Lady Bruins won't be the only team from Region 7-AAAA playing in the state semifinals.

For the first time since 2013, and for just the second time in school history, the Heritage Lady Generals are one of the final four teams left in the Class AAAA bracket after a 2-1 win over Islands High School on a swelteringly hot and humid Tuesday on the turf in Savannah.

After a scoreless first half, all three goals of the match came in the final 40 minutes. Freshman Lila Langston knocked home both tallies for the Lady Generals in the 53rd and 65th minutes, while sophomore Brooke Fairchild assisted on both goals.

Heritage, who had the majority of the possession throughout the match, finished with 23 shots attempts, 11 on goal. Sophomore keeper Lindsay Connell came up with six big saves for the Navy-and-Red.

The Sharks finally got one past Connell in the final minute, but Heritage was able to run out the clock.

"Our depth finally slowed their defense down in the second half," Coach Kevin Terry said. "It took a while to find the net, but we punched in a couple. Throughout the match, Islands got a few chances on counter attacks, but our defense held up."

Heritage (15-4) will have to wait a little longer to find out where they will be heading for their state semifinal match. The battle between Region 2 champion Columbus (5-3-1) and Region 8 champion and top-ranked North Oconee (16-0-2) had to be postponed because of weather on Tuesday. They will now play Thursday night at 6 p.m.

The semifinal match will most likely be played on Monday, though nothing has been finalized as of yet.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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