Cass mercy rules second soccer foe of season

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Kyla Michienzi and Stephanie Robledo scored two goals each to help lead Cass to its second mercy-rule victory in a week’s time in girls high school soccer play.

The Lady Colonels defeated Temple in a game that saw Cass score 10 goals by late in the first half.

It defeated Cedartown last Friday, 11-1, in its first mercy-rule victory.

Head coach Phil Phillips said the victory over Temple is a confidence builder for Cass.

“Hopefully this is going to put us in the right direction,” Phillips said. “Their confidence is getting a little bit better. We’re starting to learn how to play the game.”

He said the girls were focused from the start of the game.

“We were a lot more aggressive coming out,” Phillips said. “I guess that was because the boys mercy ruled Temple in the first game. I guess that gave our girls an incentive to come out and play hard.”

The Cass boys had defeated Temple by 10 goals just prior to the Lady Colonels taking the field.

Michienzi opened scoring for Cass followed by Stephanie Robledo and Sydney Vermaas, who helped their team to a 3-0 lead before 15 minutes of game had been played.

Michienzi then scored her second goal of the night after breaking away and finding net with a shot to the right side of the goal from about 25 yards out in the 12th minute.

Robledo tallied her second goal of the evening with a shot from 20 yards out in the 18th minute. Macy Wright made it 6-0 two minutes later after taking a cross and putting it in the net from 12 yards out.

Cass took a 7-0 lead after Kelsey Rivera buried her shot from 15 yards out in the 22nd minute.

The next three goals were tallied by Hannah Johnson, seven yards; Lupita Pineda, a shot from six yards out that hit the goalie’s hands and bounced over them but dropped quickly enough to land against net; Vermaas, who closed out scoring after dribbling down and hitting her shot from five yards away.

Phillips said the Lady Colonels are off to a good start, but they must improve a lot if they are to be competitive throughout the season.

He said easy wins will not be the norm with their schedule, adding his team is already finding that out.

“We played Northwest [Whitfield] last night,” he said, “and it ended in a 1-1 tie. Sydney Vermaas scored the goal. It was a good game for us considering the conditions of the field. There was a lot of muck up there. It looked like a swamp.”

He said Northwest is a tough opponent.

Earlier, the Lady Colonels lost their season opener to Southeast Whitfield.

Their next opponent is Cartersville, a county rival who always brings its A game to their meetings.

The two are scheduled to play Friday with a 5:30 p.m. start.

Phillips said Cass (2-1-1) must keep working to get better if it is to be competitive when it begins region play against Dalton on March 1.

“We’re doing fine. We’re just growing,” he said. “That’s all we can do, keep growing and keep plugging away.”