CEDAR RAPIDS — Homer Screws is stricken by his team’s ability.
And its humility.
“I had a coach come up to me after a game the other day, and he remarked about how humble these girls are, considering their talent level,” said Screws, the girls’ soccer coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Cockiness would be forgiven, if it were present. After all, the Cougars are laden with Division-I talent, sport an 8-0 record and have allowed only two goals.
But any potential boasting is choked by the fact that the summit — a Class 2A state championship — remains elusive. Kennedy finished second at state to West Des Moines Valley each of the past three seasons.
“We definitely have the talent to get it done this season,” Screws said.
Keeper Rachel Spellerberg has signed with the University of Iowa, as have Jade Grimm and Katherine Lewis. Jenny Martin will play at Loyola (Ill.).
Spellerberg’s goal-against average is remarkably low. Part of the reason is her quickness. Another part is the fact that Kennedy controls the ball so well, there aren’t a lot of save opportunities.
“She hasn’t faced a lot of challenges to this point,” Screws said.
The Cougars will be challenged Thursday, when they host No. 7 Linn-Mar (6-1) at 7 p.m. It’s a breast-cancer awareness game; the Cougars will wear pink uniforms, the Lions black with pink trim.