COUNCIL BLUFFS — Six different girls scored in Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s 6-0 romp over Council Bluffs St. Albert Thursday at the Y soccer fields, and coach Robbie Miller said that’s a perfect example of why his team is so good.

“I think that’s one of the defining characteristics of this team, humility,’’ he said. “None of them care about the accolades or things like that. They just want to play soccer and they want to win.’’

For the 14th time in 16 tries, the Class 3-A No. 5 Lynx won. They made it look easy against the 1-A No. 10 Saintes, who have state aspirations of their own.

“Beatdown,’’ St. Albert coach Chris Hughes said.

Darby Thomas, the Nebraska track recruit, scored in the fourth minute for the Lynx – her 18th goal in 13 games -- and St. Albert (11-7) never worked its way into the match.

Thomas raced through the defense in the 25th minute and lofted one softly toward the goal that Julia Wagoner punched in, and then Taren Newman connected from midfield on the slippery field as the Lynx led 3-0 at the half.

Miller said the team’s best players have workmanlike attitudes, and that trickles down to the rest of the squad.

“Darby, for all her accolades, doesn’t have a big head about stuff,’’ he said. “Taren, she just works. That’s all she does. She’s like the most fantastic center-back that I’ve seen all season. She brings it every day. And Julia, she’s just a soccer player.’’

Second-half goals came from freshmen Mekara Kindred and Jacee Tindall, along with sophomore Crystena Keesee.

“Every day, the girls are putting in the work,’’ Miller said. “It’s not just the stars. … Everybody’s fulfilling their role and doing what they need to do.’’

Just because they’re humble doesn’t mean the Lynx aren’t dreaming big.

“I feel like we dream it personally,’’ Wagoner said. “We don’t really get too big of heads about it. The state tournament is obviously something we for sure want to be at, though.’’

It’s possible that a Council Bluffs team has never been rated in the top five in Iowa’s largest class. If it has, it’s been extremely rare. The Lynx lost to No. 2 Waukee and No. 4 Ankeny Centennial by one goal. Miller said they had just one talk after those matches about the big picture.

“All we need is a little bit of luck and we could be state champions,’’ he said. “This is something we can shoot for. We’ve got an expectation to go to state, whereas before it’s just been a wish and a hope.

“So we’re expecting to get there and expecting to stay a couple days. That’s the only time we’ve talked about it. Since then, it’s been all business.’’

Even though Hughes said Thomas’ speed can be intimidating, he was disappointed his team didn’t bring more fight after the slow start. He was asked if the blowout loss will affect his team’s psyche with the postseason looming. The Saintes open at Underwood on Tuesday.

“We’ve got about three good practices in front of us, hopefully,’’ he said. “If we can just tweak a few things mentally, I would like to think we’ll be OK.’’

CB Abraham Lincoln (14-2).......3 3 – 6

CB St. Albert (11-7)................0 0 – 0

Goals: AL: Darby Thomas, Julia Wagoner, Taren Newman, Mekara Kindred, Crystena Keesee, Jacee Tindall. Assists: AL: Thomas, Paige Bracker, Wagoner.

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