In Manhattan’s only loss this season, the Indians allowed their opponent to get back in the game late and rally for the win.
Saturday afternoon, it happened again.
Leading 1-0 and in control of the game for most of the afternoon, the Indians allowed Great Bend’s Enrique Guyton to score with 2:40 left on the game clock to send the game to overtime.
In the extra period, with all the momentum on the Panthers’ side, Alex Urias scored in the fourth minute to win the game 2-1 and complete the rally, disappointing the home crowd at Anneberg Park.
“After they scored that goal, their whole demeanor, their confidence, they started playing more physical, everything,” MHS assistant coach John Massanet said. “As the game went along we gave them more hope and it came back to bite us.”
Late in the second half, Manhattan missed a chance to add to its lead when Great Bend keeper Claudio Sanchez made a great save, diving for a block and scooping up the ball before Manhattan could punch it the goal.
“That last save by their keeper was incredible,” Massanet said. “You put that in, you’re up 2-0, that’s the end of the game. But if you give them life, they come down and knock one in, then you’re at 1-1 and it’s a new game.”
With the start of overtime, Great Bend coach Gustavo Prieto knew the game was his team’s to lose.
“In the last 15 minutes, we pressured, we controlled the ball,” he said. “We had chances to score right there, and I knew it. I knew we could do it.”
Manhattan scored its only goal in the 29th minute of the first half. Manhattan got a throw-in from the sideline and a header by Eric Gray to Jonathan Turnley, who put the ball in the back of the net.
Manhattan outshot the Panthers 11-8 on the day and MHS goalkeeper Kai Reever finished with 10 saves.
The loss was certainly frustrating for Manhattan (5-2-1) after beating Topeka Seaman Tuesday and tying Washburn Rural on Thursday. All those games may have taken a toll on the Indians, who also lost in the JV game and didn’t play with the same intensity as earlier in the week.
“Our JV boys were the same way,” Massanet said. “We didn’t do anything technical the way we usually do. Just a bad loss.”
Not to say Great Bend is a bad team. But Manhattan seemed like the better team for the entire afternoon, with the exception of the last 20 minutes.
“Great Bend’s 6-1,” Massanet said. “They’re not a bad squad. Do I think we should have won the game? Absolutely. But you always think you should win the game. It’s a matter of execution at that point.”