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Close soccer game ends with fight

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - A tough fought soccer game ends with fists flying as the Wahawks of Waterloo West High School took on the Marshalltown Bobcats in a sub state semifinal match last night.

The Bobcats and Wahawks fought until the end, but it was West High who was up one to nothing when the final whistle sounded.  

Marshalltown's Tyler Cruikshank had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick, but Waterloo West goal keeper Austin Payne made the save. Payne would then get tripped up and spikes the ball. After that all bedlam breaks loose on the field, punches are thrown and a tough fought game is marred by this scene.

"What started as an incident between two players then it kind of drew some others in. Many of who were trying to break up the fight or incident," Waterloo Schools spokesperson Sharon Miller said.

West High wins the game, but they will be missing Austin Payne in the next round of the tournament.

According to the West High Athletic Director, Payne originally received a yellow card, which is only a warning, but after the Iowa High School Athletic Association reviewed a tape of the game Payne and two Marshalltown players received red cards meaning they won't be able to play in their next game.

"It's a hard lesson, but it's an appropriate consequence and so we support that," Miller said.

Miller also says sportsmanship is a top priority for each one of their teams in the Waterloo School District.

"You can get caught up on the emotion of the event but you have to hold yourself to a pretty high standard and so that's what we expect from our teams, coaches, teachers, and administrators. Everybody will work together with parents to keep emphasizing that."

The 11th ranked Waterloo West Wahawks will meet the Cedar Falls Tigers Monday night at 6:30 at the Cedar Valley soccer complex. The winner will go on to play in the boy's state soccer tournament.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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