The Cass girls came up clutch in what was essentially a must-win game Tuesday at home against Paulding County.
Trailing 2-1 inside the final two minutes, the Colonels tied the score on Logan Vermaas' second goal of the game. After a scoreless extra-time session, Cass emerged victorious in a shootout by a 6-5 score.
Vermaas and Hailey Henson converted in the shootout, as the first group finished 2-2.
Instead of going to sudden death, both teams chose five new penalty takers. Leidi Toribio, Hannah Johnson and Briana Ochoa scored as the Colonels and Patriots entered the final kicks tied at 3-3.
Macy Wright found the back of the net for Cass, and Paulding's kicker sent her shot over the crossbar to give the Colonels (3-6, 1-2) the win.
It finished a back-and-forth game.
The Patriots (6-3, 1-1) opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Vermaas equalized on an assist from Ochoa two minutes before halftime.
Paulding once again took the lead in the 74th minute, but Cass wouldn't be denied its first region win, as Meli Reyes assisted Vermaas on the tying goal to send the game to extra time.
Cass boys 9, Paulding County 1
The Cass boys soccer team dominated throughout in a convincing 9-1 win over Paulding County at home Tuesday.
The Patriots were still in the game at halftime, trailing just 3-1, but the Colonels scored six times in the second half to cruise to their first Region 7-AAAAA win of the season.
Carlos Perez had five goals for Cass (2-7, 1-2). Anthony Robledo put together another terrific performance, scoring three times and doling out two assists.
Julio Medina notched the Colonels' other goal while adding two assists. Jonathan Tong, Josh Flores and Javier Duarte each had one assist in the win.
Isai Romero made seven saves, and Paulding (2-6, 0-3) scored its only goal on a penalty kick.