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Soccer roundup: Cass girls beat fellow playoff team

 

The Cass High girls soccer team already cemented itself as a playoff-caliber team by finishing third in Region 7-AAAAA.

But just in case you thought the Lady Colonels making the playoffs was a fluke, they once again proved their quality Friday night, defeating a playoff team from another region, North Springs, by a final of 2-0 in Atlanta.

North Springs is the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAAAA, but the Spartans were no match for Cass. 

Logan Vermaas, who already broke the school record for most goals in a season on Wednesday, added to her record-setting campaign with two goals Friday. The first came in the 35th minute off an assist by Leidi Toribio.

"Leidi made a fantastic pass to Logan. She was down in the left corner and she turned on the ball and laid it right in front of the box," Cass coach Phil Phillips said describing the goal. "Logan basically touched and turned and put it in."

The next goal came in the 65th minute off a through ball from Brittney Ochoa, when Vermaas received the ball and then beat the goalie 1-on-1.

Phillips said the team got off to a slow start, but was able to make some adjustments to create the scoring opportunities.

"[North Springs was] stacking the middle. They were playing a 3-5-2 formation and they were packing the middle in," Phillips said. "First half, they kept trying to play through balls to the middle, and it was like, 'Guys, we have to go wide.' And when they finally realized what was going on, they started playing the balls out wide and they got good passes in. Logan made some good moves."

Phillips also commended the play of goalkeeper Brianna Bullock in her sixth shutout of the year.

Cass is now 10-6 overall and will face Calhoun and Heritage next week before beginning the state playoffs.

Carrollton 2, Woodland girls 1

Considering Carrollton is the No. 1 team in Region 7-AAAAA, Friday's 2-1 loss for the Woodland High girls soccer team was actually a pretty good result.

The loss did, however, officially eliminate the Lady Wildcats from playoff contention and drop their record to 6-8-1 overall and 3-5 in region.

"It's disappointing losing that kind of game, just because of the playoff hopes. But, them being the No. 1 team in the region, I'm pleased with the way we played," Woodland head coach Jonathan Cannon said.

Molly Plott scored the only goal of the game for Woodland with about 10 minutes left in the game. Tiera Feanny kicked the ball toward the goal and Kaitlin Winnenberg got a foot on it to get it to Plott.

"I kind of compare [Plott] to Jozy Altidore for the U.S. team," Cannon said. "He picks up a lot of trash that gets left around. She picks up some goals that maybe someone else wouldn't be around for."

Carrollton scored both of its goals before halftime, but Woodland had plenty of chances to stay with the Trojans. Feanny took a shot that hit the crossbar early in a scoreless game. Winnenberg and Audrey Morris also had some solid free kick opportunities.

While Woodland had its chances to tie or win the game, Esmeralda Hernandez robbed Carrollton in its chances to widen the lead.

"She had a couple of really good saves," Cannon said of Hernandez. "Carrollton had a few shots they should have made, but she was right on top of it. I can't tell you how many saves she had, but she had a good bit."

Woodland will finish its season Thursday at home against Haralson County.

Shaw 2, Cartersville boys 1

Facing a fellow playoff team in Class 4A, Cartersville High boys soccer lost Friday night to Shaw by a score of 2-1 at home.

Pedro Ghanem scored in the 26th minute to tie the score at 1-1, but Shaw broke the tie in the second half on what would prove to be the game-winner.

Cartersville is now 9-4 overall, but its most important games are still to come.

The Canes, 4-0 in Region 5-AAAA, have a region tilt on the docket for Monday at Cedartown. They'll then travel to Coahulla Creek Tuesday for a non-region contest before finishing what hopes to be an undefeated region campaign Thursday at home against LaGrange.

North Springs 7, Cass boys 1

The Cass High boys soccer team lost to North Springs 7-1 Friday night on the road.

Kaleb Speights scored the lone Colonel goal off an assist by Anthony Robledo.

Isai Romero had 11 saves in goal before Samuel Reyes came in and had four.

Cass drops to 6-9 overall with the loss. The Colonels will return to action Tuesday at home against Calhoun.

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