WAKE FOREST — Heritage and Wake Forest took a crosstown rivalry into extra time Wednesday, with the Huskies coming out on top, 4-2, in overtime.
The result brought Heritage to .500 in conference play and dropped Wake Forest to 1-3, but the evenly played match was something Cap Eight coaches have come to expect this season.
“This is the most parity I’ve ever seen in our conference,” Heritage coach Scott Sloan said. “Every game with the exception of I think maybe one or two has been a one-goal game across the board. Everybody is legitimately in this season, which is really great. ... I think this was two teams that looked identical. You could have switched jerseys, and you wouldn’t have known the difference the way they played.”
Heritage controlled the ball in the first half, missing the mark on several shots but keeping Wake Forest on its toes. Sloan said the same was the case in the Huskies’ 1-0 loss to Enloe last week. While Heritage controlled most of the possession, the ball never found the net.
“Unfortunately that’s a pattern we’ve developed,” he said. “As a team right now we’re not taking advantage of the opportunities we have in the first 40 minutes. ... It’s accountability. They’re creating opportunities; now we just have to do something with them.”
The Huskies led 1-0 at halftime after Fernando Morales scored in the 16th minute, but Wake Forest came out with more intensity in the second half.
The Cougars’ Meade Baskerville and Andrew Mangeni would score after the break, and Heritage’s Logan Shytle would add another for the Huskies, sending the game to overtime.
Heritage controlled the extra time, with Morales and Mangeni each scoring during the two 10-minute overtime periods for the win.
Wake Forest coach Jeremiah Mattingly said he hopes his team can learn from the loss and grow in what he thinks can be a strong year for the Cougars.
“Tough losses or really close ones can lead to big wins late,” Mattingly said. “It’s so close, so if we can just turn it around and start getting the wins, then that’s something that can become contagious. ... Last year we were three or four or five goals off some teams; I knew this year it was going to be one-goal games and a lot of tight games. Just the learning curve of learning how to win, that’s what we’re trying to go with this program is learning how to win and do it consistently.”
Heritage hosts Millbrook on Monday, and Wake Forest travels to Leesville Road.