IOWA CITY — The Cedar Rapids Washington girls’ soccer team is hoping a couple of lineup changes can spark a strong finish.
So far, so good.
“I am liking the combinations between players that are starting to form,” second-year Washington Coach Jacob Johnson said after the Warriors blanked Iowa City Regina, 1-0, in a non-conference match Tuesday at Regal Field. “That is all part of underclassmen joining a system, so this week is kind of our week where we can make adjustments and gear up for Friday’s game against Waterloo. Good stuff tonight.”
Washington (4-6) had lost four matches in a row after a 3-2 start, but inserted freshman Olivia Thoma into the backline and moved senior K.J. Schmidt from the middle of the backline to a forward position.
“We definitely have a strong backline,” senior forward Julie Holt said. “But we need some help in the mids and forwards, so he is trying to switch around people to see who can fit the specific roles.”
Holt scored her team-high seventh goal of the season in the first half, which was enough for the Washington defense and senior goalkeeper Brianna Larimore.
Holt was a second team all-Mississippi Valley Conference selection last season when she led the Warriors with 10 goals.
“She is just a great finisher around the goal,” Johnson said. “It is not necessarily something I can teach is that instinct to pick the eyes up, check out the keeper and put it in the corner. She has come up in big moments and putting her in the right spot at the right time is all I can do and she takes care of the rest.”
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The Waterloo match on Thursday is the home finale for the Warriors, who close the regular season with three rugged road contests with Class 3A No. 11 Iowa City High, No. 12 Cedar Rapids Prairie and 1A No. 1 Davenport Assumption.
“Johnson told us, ‘We’ve got to win four of the five next games,’” said Holt, who plans to study physical therapy and walk on at Division-III Concordia (Wis.) in the fall. “So we have got one of those.”
Regina is now 4-4.
AT REGAL FIELD
Cedar Rapids Washington 1, Iowa City Regina 0
Goal — Julie Holt (7).
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