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Colonels power past Panthers, advance to Elite Eight

April 24, 2024

Mason Madrid

The Cass boys’ soccer team built a 3-1 lead in the first half Wednesday night at Cochran Stadium and cruised in the second half to a 7-1 win over Chapel Hill in the Sweet Sixteen round of the GHSA Class 5A state playoffs.

Melvin Velasquez put the Colonels on the scoreboard in the 18th minute off a feed from Edgar Abeja. He followed 16 minutes later with a second goal off an assist from Camden Hillhouse. Just before the half, Velasquez put Cass up 3-1 off a pass from Alex Hernandez.

One minute into the second half, Hillhouse scored the first of four second-half goals for Cass off an assist by Mason Madrid. Five minutes later, Hillhouse assisted Christian Villela to give the Colonels a 5-1 lead.

Velasquez added his fourth goal of the night in the 60th minute off a feed from JJ Grimaldo and Karter Berdnick finished off the Cass scoring with a goal in the 77th minute with an assist going to Sergio Ochoa.

The Panthers' season ends with a 12-5-1 record.

Cass (14-3-1) will hit the road for the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs next Tuesday (April 30). The Colonels will play at Tucker (8-10-2). The Tigers won Region 4-5A and defeated Northgate on Wednesday night, 2-1.


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