Cass in playoffs; Adairsville, Woodland grab wins
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The Cass High girls soccer team is returning to the state playoffs after a four-year absence.

Coach Phil Phillips said Cass earned the berth with its 3-2 victory over LaFayette on Tuesday during play in the Region 7-AAAA tournament.

In that game, Mallary Hedden scored for the Lady Colonels in the contest’s fifth minute, staking her team to a 1-0 lead.

LaFayette answered in the 15th minute and the two teams were knotted at 1-all.

Freshman Mackenzy McAbee scored in the 25th minute for Cass, with an assist from Camey Kirkland, and the Lady Colonels were up, 2-1.

Cass carried that lead into halftime.

The Lady Ramblers found net in the 44th minute and the two teams were knotted at 2-all.

Kirkland scored the go-ahead goal with an assist from Hedden.

Coach Phillips said it was a big win for his team.

“I’m proud of the way our team played,” he said. “This win secures us a spot in the playoffs.”

He noted Cass returns to the soccer field on Friday, when the Lady Colonels play at Heritage in the second round of the region tournament.

While Cass plays Heritage, River Ridge takes on Northwest Whitfield in the region’s other game to determine seeding.

Phillips said his girls are looking forward to the challenge of playing Heritage again, adding they’ve been pointing to big games like this all season.

“Reaching the state playoffs is a goal they set at the beginning of the season,” he said. “It was a team goal and they’re real happy to reach it. We have a couple more goals. We’d like to win the region and we need to win this one to play for it.”

He said Heritage is a good team and Cass is excited about meeting them again, noting the Lady Colonels lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to them during the season.

“They felt they tied the game and that didn’t show up on the scoreboard,” he said. “They are definitely up to this challenge.”

Adairsville 4, Trion 0

Cassidy Greene got a hat trick and Adairsville picked up a “friendly” victory over Trion, 4-0, in high school soccer play Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers got their first goal off a corner kick in the game’s fourth minute.

Lance Hall, assistant coach, said Nisa Ayers fired the corner kick that sped across the field just out in front of the goal and then curved right into the net.

“Lee Whitaker, one of our coaches, leaned over and said, ‘That was wicked,’” Hall said. “I think that describes it pretty well.”

In the eighth minute, Greene scored off an assist from Haley Pittman and the 2-0 margin held up until halftime.

In the 41st minute, Greene scored her second goal off an assist by Blake Chagnon.

“It was about a 40-yard kick Blake got off that went to Greene’s foot and Cassidy shot it and scored,” Hall said.

In the 78th minute, Greene got her hat trick off an assist from Ayers, giving Adairsville a 4-0 victory.

Amber Litterall got the shutout for Adairsville, the first of her career.

Adairsville’s overall record improved to 9-7. It is 6-7 in Region 5-AAA.

The Lady Tigers return to the soccer field on Friday, when they take on Gordon Central with a state playoff spot hanging in the balance.

A victory would send Adairsville to the playoffs while a loss would end their season and let Gordon Central extend its season.

Woodland wins

A game removed from a playoff-eliminating defeat, the Woodland Lady Wildcats returned to the soccer field Wednesday intent on sending their seniors out on a high note.

The team ensured that positive result behind the second-half hat trick of one of those seniors, Emily Moore, who helped catapult her team to a 4-0 senior night win over South Paulding.

Moore turned what had been a relatively close game into a rout, receiving an assist on one of her three goals from fellow senior Sara Garrett. Moore also tallied an assist in the game, setting up Kaitlyn Eubanks, who gave the Lady Wildcats a lead at the break with her first-half goal.

“[I’m] happy for our four seniors,” Woodland coach Kyle Morgan said in regard to Moore, Garrett, Amber Fuller and Hailie Parshall. “They put a lot into our program. It was good for us to get a win on our senior night.”

Though they fell shy of earning one of Region 5-AAAAA’s four state playoff-qualifying spots with a loss to Rome Monday, the Lady Wildcats have their sights set on closing out the season as strong as possible.

“At this point, [we’re] just trying to close out the season with as many wins as possible,” Morgan acknowledged.

Woodland currently sits at 10-5 following its four-goal victory over South Paulding and could add two more to that total by Monday.

The Lady Wildcats travel to Hiram Friday and host Alexander Monday. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. starts.