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Indians blank Seaman to win third straight game

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team finished off the week on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Seaman at Anneberg Park.

It was the third win this week for the Indians (6-1-1) and coach Mike Sanchez said he thought his team handled the challenge of three games in four days pretty well.

“It’s hard to come out here and play three games and only get one practice in,” he said. “We had two at home and one away, but I thought they did a good job and played well.”

The Indians entered Thursday morning not knowing whether they would be playing or not. With inclement weather in the forecast, the team hoped for the best and ended up catching a break.

“We were worried that we might not be able to get this game in and then we would have to move it and play three games in a week later on,” Sanchez said. “It’s nice that we play on grass and most of the other teams play on turf, and they did a good job of adjusting to the ball being fast.”

The Indians scored early in the game, in the first minute in fact, as Annissa Durar converted on a ball from Bailey Snyder.

MHS added two more goals in the second half, first coming on a pass from Onyeka Ehie to Snyder with 35:28 and lastly on a pass from Durar to Snyder with 4:47 to play.

Sanchez said as they look forward to the rest of the season, they hope that combination of three players can continue to produce.

“We would like to see Ony get involved in there too and work a lot on putting the ball away,” he said. “We want more and we get a little greedy, I think we had more opportunities to put it away, but we did good.”

Sanchez was also pleased with the assist from Ehie on Thursday, as he said it was a rarity from her last year and shows the development of her game.

“I think I looked at last year’s stats and she didn’t have an assist,” he said. “This year she has two, and we have asked her to be a more rounded forward.

“We want her to score, but also open up space for other forwards to get in behind her and create more opportunities.”

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