Ehie scores three goals to lead MHS past Heights

By Joel Jellison

Any person who has seen Manhattan High senior Onyeka Ehie in the basketball court or on the soccer field has seen it.

On Friday at Wichita Heights, MHS girls’ soccer coach Mike Sanchez saw it out of Ehie.

“I think she was in a zone,” he said. “She was just on fire, I think she could have gotten a few more even — if things went her way she could have ended up with even more goals.”

Sanchez is referring to the three goals Ehie scored on Friday to lead the Indians (9-2-1) to a 3-0 win at Wichita Heights.

Ehie scored in the first half on an assist from Rotem Arieli, who made her first start, and scored the next two in the second half. First, see finished on a pass from Annissa Durar. She capped the game by scoring on a ball from Courtney Payne.

Sanchez said each goal was essentially scored in the same manner by Ehie.

“All three goals we gave her the ball and she beat someone one-on-one and put it away,” he said. “She was dangerous all together.”

Sanchez indicated that the style followed the more aggressive style of constantly pushing the ball toward the opponent’s goals and looking to create more scoring opportunities, which he has worked to install since taking over as the coach last summer.

The MHS coach said they will continue to play that unsatisfied style, and are improving within it very quickly.

“They played really well,” Sanchez said. “We possessed really well, and we were looking to get dangerous in our final third, and we could always be even more dangerous. It was a total team effort all the way from the field to the bench.”

The Indians will be heading right back to Wichita on Tuesday to face Wichita Northwest and stay on the road on Thursday to face Highland Park. Manhattan returns home on May 8, to face Junction City.

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