The Cass High girls soccer team is a quality club, as evidenced by the Lady Colonels already clinching the No. 3 seed out of Region 7-AAAAA.
In its last four games, all non-region games, Cass can now turn its attention to padding its record (9-6) and preparing for its first-round state playoff game.
The state-playoff tune-up tour got off to a pretty strong start Wednesday, as the Colonels dispatched of an inferior Darlington side by a score of 7-0 inside Doug Cochran Stadium.
Standout Logan Vermaas scored yet another hat trick in her stellar season, including the first goal of Wednesday's game on a penalty kick in the 12th minute.
With the hat trick, Vermaas is now the program's all-time leader for most goals scored in a single season.
Vermaas later assisted Madison Shook in the 15th for a 2-0 lead.
Lupita Pineda had one of the nicer goals in the game in the 28th minute, scoring from about 25 yards out on a direct kick, and freshman Olivia Flynn made the score 4-0 not long after on an assist by Leidi Toribio.
Out of halftime, Morgan DeLarm scored off Vermaas' second assist of the game on a corner kick in the 42nd minute. DeLarm returned the favor with an assist for Vermaas' third goal of the game in the 48th minute.
Freshman Victoria Torres put the finishing touches on the win with her goal off Brittney Ochoa's assist in the 69th.
Jailyn Padilla earned the shutout in a rare start at keeper behind strong defense.
Coming off spring break, Cass coach Phil Phillips felt his team performed well, but expects the Colonels to play even better the further they get removed from the week off.
"We're a ltitle rusty coming off of spring break, but we have time," he said. "We just have to get back to what we were doing before spring break. So, a little rusty, but we did pretty well."
While Darlington was not a particularly strong team, Phillips said Cass' last three games of the regular season will all be against playoff teams, beginning Friday at North Springs. Until then, the Lady Colonels can be proud of their solid 9-6 start to the season.