The Waterloo Columbus girls soccer team will be looking to complete a rare double dip. After Columbus’ boys squad won a state championship last weekend, the Sailors now have the chance to sweep the Class 1A titles.
Columbus coach Jose Infante says that his team’s approach has been a bit different since the boys brought their trophy home. “They’re a little bit more into what can we do next and the boys continue talking to them that they’ve got to win it,” Infante says.
Columbus is ranked second in Class 1A and has yet to lose this season. They’ve shutout their last eleven opponents, and Infante says his team is playing with a lot of self-assurance. He says they have been playing so well as a unit and he believes that has to do with the way they talk with each other.
Senior defender Larin Gordon says the Sailor boys team has become like another group of coaches for the girls squad. “it’s a lot to look up to, we knew that they had it in them. And it’s just a lot of confidence for us now and we really want to live up to that. I just think it would be so cool for both teams to make history,” Gordon says.
Gordon says the boys have been humble about their win and have encourage the girls to go out and do it too. Sophomore forward Lindsay McManus says the boys team gave them a lesson in working hard and playing as a team. The Sailors begin their bid for the state sweep tomorrow when they face Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 1A quarterfinal.
By Jesse Gavin, KCNZ, Cedar Falls