The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team finally had the right weather on Monday.
And finally, after missing numerous shots, the Indians scored a goal with 22 minutes to play to defeat Emporia 1-0 at Anneberg Park.
The lone goal for the Indians (9-4) came on an assist from Maggie Fischer that setup Emma Samenus to punch it through the net. Sophomore Kelsey Schroll also played a role in the goal, blocking the view of Emporia goalkeeper Yadira Rivera.
“Maggie just put it where only we could get it,” MHS coach Mike Sanchez said. “Kelsey did a good job obstructing the view of the goalkeeper — being 5-11 can help you be a distraction.”
Rivera played the part of brick wall for the Spartans leading up to that goal, and kept the Indians off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Although Rivera made several diving saves and kept the Indians from getting any good looks on corner kicks, senior Jennifer Then thought the team didn’t do a very good job of challenging her.
“She’s a really good keeper, but a lot of our shots weren’t strong — we were basically just passing it to her,” she said. “We really didn’t have many strikes. We just need to really work on finishing.”
Sanchez agreed that the Indians could have made it easier on themselves with some stronger shots before their lone goal. But he didn’t take any credit away from the Emporia goalkeeper.
Monday’s game was a makeup contest for the Indians, who have seen their fair share of strange weather this season. MHS goalkeeper Molly Fiser said it almost felt as if they aren’t conditioned for warmer weather. The way things are going for the Indians, Then joked she’d rather play in rain.
For Fiser’s part, she spent the majority of the game shouting instructions to the defense from the goal. But she admitted the offensive struggles were even tough for her to watch.
“It was good to have a win, but it could have been a lot better,” she said. “For the most part, I just told everyone else what to do. I didn’t really have to move too many times. I thought the defense did a good job today, we just needed to finish a little better up top.”
The Indians have a loaded schedule this week, with a game tonight at Junction City and a home contest against Shawnee Heights Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
Then admitted the Indians have been looking ahead to tonight’s game against the Blue Jays, who have had some success this season. Fiser said she just hopes they don’t look past Junction City, though.
“It’s a huge game,” Fiser said. “I hope we don’t go into it thinking we’re just going to go in and beat them. Junction City is a very quality team this year, and we need to go into it expecting a tough game.”