CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s Washington. It’s Kennedy.
It’s soccer showdown week.
The Warriors and the Cougars meet in a pair of high-stakes soccer matches — the boys play Tuesday, the girls meet Thursday. Both matches are 6 p.m. at Jones Park.
“The kids are looking forward to playing them,” said Washington boys’ coach J.P. Graham. “It’s a pretty big game. We’ve had the better end of it the last couple years.”
Class 2A fifth-ranked Washington (14-2 overall, 11-1 MVC) is extremely stingy defensively. The Warriors have allowed six goals, have posted 12 shutouts and haven’t lost in more than a month.
(Goalkeeper Jason Krusie and sweeper Jon Kiburz) wanted to break a lot of defensive records, and they appear to be on their way,” Graham said. “We’ve been preaching shutouts for three years.”
Kennedy (11-1, 11-1) more than likely will move to No. 1 in 2A after Ankeny lost Thursday to Urbandale.
The teams have split substate penalty-kick contests the last two years, with Kennedy prevailing in 2007 and Washington winning last year. The clubs are in the same substate again this year.
Kennedy’s girls are top-ranked and undefeated while No. 7 Washington has posted 13 consecutive wins.