Even after beating Salina Central 2-0 on Monday, there wasn’t a lot of smiling from the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team at Anneberg Park.
The Indians (4-1-1) scored two goals in the first half, first on a Bailey Snyder pass to Emma Samenus and secondly on a Willie Stockton pass to Ally Taylor.
But the offense went cold after that, and MHS coach Mike Sanchez said the defense had to hold off Salina Central the rest of the way.
Sanchez said the defense has been the most consistent part of the team this season.
Sanchez said the positive from Monday’s game was the winning outcome. But players agreed with his disappointment in the way they played.
“I think we just gave it to them,” defender Amy Stockton said. “We didn’t play up to our ability at all, the whole game.”
Sanchez said he wanted the team to become more aggressive offensively this season, and while the team is working toward that, the defense is holding leads in place and allowing the rest of the team to work on its attack.
Jennifer Then said it all comes down to just playing better as a team.
“We definitely weren’t working as a team, we still need to get to know each other better,” she said. “We aren’t trusting each other enough yet, we haven’t played together a lot.
“We are holding it together, but barely. We need to do something, we need to keep building off each other.”
The Indians will be on the road tomorrow for a game at Emporia and will return home on Thursday to face Seaman at Anneberg Park.