By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
The state playoff race between GISA Region 1-AAA soccer teams got even tighter on Monday, with Heritage School suffering its first loss in a 2-0 decision at Holy Spirit.
The Hawks entered this week undefeated against 1-AAA opponents at 6-0 after holding off Fugees 2-1 in penalty kicks on Friday.
Heritage entered this week needing a win on Monday against Holy Spirit or Friday at home against county rival Trinity Christian to repeat as 1-AAA champions and earn a No. 1 seed in this year’s state playoffs.
The Lions now look to play spoiler with both county rivals jockeying for position in the region standings. The Hawks won their 11th game of the season last Friday with help from freshman Brandon Hurlock’s game-tying goal in the victory over Fugees.
Senior Chris Gmeiner clinched the win in penalty kicks.
Heritage’s boys lead a log jam of four teams separated by two games in the 1-AAA standings.
The Hawks have a one-game lead on Holy Spirit (5-2).
Trinity’s boys entered this week at 2-2 with a chance to make a move with two games against Fugees (3-3) and one left against both Holy Spirit and Heritage.
Friday’s home game with Trinity will also act as Senior Night for Heritage School teams.
Trinity lineups, including the undefeated Lady Lions (15-0, 10-0), returned to 1-AAA play on Tuesday with a home double-header against Loganville Christian starting at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, the county’s three GHSA schools close out regular season schedules this week as four lineups prep for the first round of the state playoffs.
Northgate teams travel to Callaway on Tuesday, while East Coweta heads to Pike County.
Teams will make up the final game of the Coweta Cup on Thursday with both of this year’s titles still on the line.
The Lady Vikings (9-6-2) have clinched this year’s Region 5-6A championship and a No. 1 seed in the first round of the Class 6A tournament.
East Coweta teams have clinched playoff berths. The Lady Indians (10-4-1) wrapped up a Region 2-7A title and a No. 1 seed while hosting Colquitt County (6-11). The Indians (8-6- 2) finished fourth in 2-7A and will travel to Lowndes (7-6-2).
Newnan’s girls finished third in 2-7A and will travel to this year’s Region 1 runner-up for its first round match.