The two teams were tied at 2-all until Heritage found net with just 29 seconds remaining in the contest, allowing them to protect their undefeated record.
“Our girls played one heck of a game, and we almost became the spoiler,” Phillips said of their performance in the non-region contest.
He noted Heritage, which defeated Cass, 3-2, is ranked No. 2 in the state in AAAA soccer, right behind No. 1 Marist.
Heritage battled early to tally the game’s first goal.
Cass answered just minutes later when Mallary Hedden scored off a throw-in by Savannah Hardin from 18 yards out. The two teams remained knotted at 1-all the rest of the half.
The second half remained scoreless until the 62nd minute when Camey Kirkland scored the Lady Colonels’ second goal of the night with an assist from Hedden, allowing Cass to go up 2-1.
Heritage scored its second goal to make it a 2-2 tie in the 74th minute of the game. It scored the final goal of the game just before the clock ran down.
“I’m proud of the effort our team displayed Friday night,” Phillips said Saturday. “I think if we continue playing like this we should have a good region tournament.”
Cass begins play in its Region 7-AAAA tournament Tuesday night against LaFayette. The two are scheduled to start play at 5:35 p.m.
The Lady Colonels dropped to 4-7 overall with the loss.
The girls are 3-1 in their region.
Heritage 8, Cass 1
Heritage defeated the Cass High boys 8-1 in boys high school soccer play Friday night.
The loss dropped the Colonels to 4-6 overall. Cass is 3-1 in Region 7-AAAA.
Cass plays Southeast Whitfield in the region tournament on Tuesday. The contest is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.