CEDAR RAPIDS — For Alex Kennedy and the Cedar Rapids Washington seniors, the night didn’t end with a 4-0 shutout victory against Cedar Falls.
Kennedy and the 2014 senior class hopped across town for their graduation ceremony, less than a couple hours after their substate, semifinals win.
“We can do well in state,” Kennedy said. “We play the winner of (Waterloo West/CR Kennedy) but we can take both teams pretty well.”
Kennedy said to have the opportunity to get a win on his commencement evening made the win a little sweeter.
Freshman Antonio Patterson had two goals, one of his own and another credited to him after it bounced off an opponent’s leg and made the score 4-0 early in the second half. But Patterson was quick to give the credit to the seniors, making sure they were advancing in the playoffs for them.
“Freshmen, juniors and sophomores; we have to give it to them,” Patterson said. “We have to get them what they want and we’ve got to get our way up there. As freshmen, we go from the bottom to the top.
“We want the same thing.”
The loss came to a Cedar Falls team which came into the night touting a 7-0 victory against Mason City on Tuesday night. For Washington Coach JP Graham, getting anything less than a shutout victory is a surprise.
“We’re all about getting shutouts. It’s kind of what our program is all about,” Graham said. “Think defense first then score after that. Once we get up by two or three goals, we feel pretty comfortable.”
The Warriors have only given up six goals in the past 17 games. Graham gave credit to Jacob Bjornsen who has been responsible for many shutouts this season on the defensive side of the ball.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy will play Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Saturday at Kingston Stadium at noon.
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