WATERLOO — Pain is a familiar word for the Waterloo West girls’ soccer team this season — growing pains and injury pains.

The banged-up Wahawks fielded the players they could against Class 3A’s No. 12 Linn-Mar Friday afternoon, but suffered a 5-0 loss at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex.

West managed to keep Linn-Mar out of the net for 14 minutes before Piper Carey followed up her original shot saved by West’s Isabella Guyer and buried the second attempt to give the Lions a lead. Three minutes later, it was 2-0.

Linn-Mar outshot West 10-1 in the first 40 minutes. Alexis Imbouathong had the lone look at net for the Wahawks, sending it wide right with two minutes remaining in the half.

Following the break, Linn-Mar continued to attack and wore down the Wahawks.

Guyer ended the night with 11 saves for West.

“She’s dealing with an injury but she just has that tough mentality,” West High coach Ross Jones said of the sophomore goalkeeper.

Friday’s loss was the seventh straight for West (2-10 overall, 2-7 MVC).

“We’re missing starters with injuries, so with a wounded roster it’s tough, but we did pretty well tonight I thought,” said Jones.

“We’re trying to keep our heads up and do better than last year,” said Jones. “We may not be winning as much as I’d hoped this year, but we’re fighting hard. They’re not quitters.”

Guyer sees improvement, as well.

“Last year our average losses were by seven or eight and this year it’s down to four or five,” the Wahawk goalie said. “That just shows our improvement and helps us to know we’re going somewhere as a program.”

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