Soccer showdowns await Washington, Kennedy

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.

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4 Responses to “Soccer showdowns await Washington, Kennedy”

  1. Soccer showdowns await Washington, Kennedy | IowaPrepSports.com Says:

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  2. Jean Brenneman Says:

    Glad to see an article about the Washington soccer programs. Too bad you decided the girls game with Kennedy only warranted one sentence, while the boys game was given four paragraphs.

  3. CR soccer mom Says:

    OMG — the Gazette has finally run a story about men’s soccer in the Corridor!! With West number 1 ranked early in the season, and Kennedy and Wash in the top 5, it is a shame it took this long. With both KHs soccer pgrams ikely to be number 1 this week, the first time in school history and not done since Xavier did it a few years back — doesn’t that merit a story too — or has the soccer quota been met for this year? Shame on you Gazette sports writers — soccer is the number one youth sport in the USA — get with the program :-).

  4. Soccer Drills Guide Says:

    Kennedy’s girls is the best…..

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