"The mojo's back!" read the beginning of a tweet posted on the Cass girls soccer team's Twitter page Friday evening. The tweet came after the Colonels got back into the win column with a 4-0 victory over Hiram on the road.
Following Tuesday's back-and-forth, 5-4 loss to East Paulding, which dropped Cass to 1-3 in Region 7-AAAAA, the Colonels were in desperate need of a good result.
A win would be enough to keep Cass firmly in the playoff picture, especially since two of its defeats came against likely top-two seeds Carrollton and Rome, but a convincing victory would do a lot to banish the recent bad vibes.
Mission accomplished, thanks in large part to Logan Vermaas. The defending region player of the year scored all four goals to push the Colonels (4-5-1, 2-3) past the winless Hornets (0-9-0, 0-5).
Briana Ochoa assisted on two of Vermaas' goals, while Leidi Toribio and Madison Shook helped out on one apiece. Goalkeepers Jailyn Padilla and Yecenia Hernandez shared the shutout.
Vermaas struck twice within the game's first four minutes to give her team the early lead it craved. She struck again in the 32nd minute for a 3-0 halftime lead before rounding out the scoring in the 62nd minute.
"We have to get off to quicker starts," Cass coach Phil Phillips said, noting his team trailed 2-0 at halftime against East Paulding. "Something had to change. We haven't been doing that. Other than Woodland, we just haven't been doing that."
After Friday's quick start, Cass will host Villa Rica next Friday, looking for more of the same in another key region clash.
Cass boys 2, Hiram 1
Sophomore goalkeeper Isai Romero saved three penalty kicks in a shootout to send the Cass boys soccer team to a thrilling 2-1 road win over Hiram on Friday.
Alfred Chege scored the Colonels' goal in regulation off an assist by Brayaan Rodriguez.
Cass (2-7, 1-4 Region 7-AAAAA) will face Villa Rica next Friday.