Cass may have a young soccer team, but you couldn’t tell it Friday night with the way it handled Cedartown.
The Lady Colonels roughed up the Lady Bulldlogs 11-1, triggering the mercy rule in about the 77th minute of play.
Helping pave the way for the victory was Stephanie Robledo, who scored four of those goals for Cass.
Head coach Phil Phillips took the win in stride, saying it was good for his team because it helped boost its confidence, but he was not reading too much into the results.
“Our team is young,” he said. “We’ve got nine ninth-graders and their transition from middle school to high school is kind of like a culture shock, but they are coming along. We lost our first game (4-1 to Southeast Whitfield), and you could see the girls play with a lot more confidence today after they started scoring.”
Cass got off to a quick start in the contest, with Robledo tallying its first two goals with shots taken deep in the box in the fourth and sixth minutes, one fired to the right side of the goal and the second to the center.
Kelsey Rivera scored the third goal after firing a shot from the right side just outside the box.
The keeper had drifted about five yards out of the goal toward Rivera and the bottom fell out of the ball when it sailed over the defender and then swooped down and into the net.
Cass went on to score six goals while allowing one during the first half, and the Lady Colonels added five in the second on their way to earning the victory.
Also scoring goals for Cass were Sidney Vermaas, one; Logan Vermaas, two; Hannah Johnson, one; Isela Moraga, one; and Lupita Pineda, one; and Kelsey Rivera, one.
Phillips said the ease of the victory against Cedartown won’t mean much once his team starts playing in region.
“We play in a tough region, and our girls will have to improve a lot to do well there,” he added.
He said several players stood out against the Lady Bulldogs.
“Stephanie is a good, strong player who plays travel ball in the offseason,” he said. “She’s a good, strong player at center mid.”
“Sidney is a senior and has been with this program four years. She’s also our center mid. She used to be on the wing and we moved her to center mid. She and Stephanie are playing there.”
He said Isela Moraga, a senior, also was as big part of Friday’s game.
“Isela can play anywhere on the field,” he said. “Right now she’s holding down the defensive line because we are so young. We have Isela and one freshman starting.”
He said the players must stay focused on improving because all the teams they will be facing are capable to walking off with a victory over the Lady Colonels.
“We have a lot of work to do because of our youth,” he said, “but I thought the girls had a lot more confidence in this game than against Southeast Whitfield. That’s a plus and they were playing well together. They’re starting to get some chemistry.”
On Tuesday Cass plays at Northwest Whitfield, Wednesday it hosts Temple and then it takes on Cartersville on Friday.
Cass has a scheduled 5:30 p.m. start at Northwest Whitfield on Tuesday.