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Indians bounce back with 3-1 win

By Grant Guggisberg

It’s not uncommon for teams to hit a wall midway through the season.

The Manhattan High soccer team has played just two home matches all season and played its fourth match in the last seven days on Tuesday, a 3-1 road win over Wichita South.

“Overall, it wasn’t the greatest performance, but there’s definitely a hangover effect from last week,” MHS coach Frank Alonso said. “It was such a long, tough week and then we were back out on the road again. But we played well enough to win and that was good enough.”

The Indians got off to a slow start in the win, allowing the Titans to score the first goal of the game in the 18th minute of the first half. From then on, Manhattan woke up and began playing its brand of soccer, scoring a goal in the 20th minute on a nice one-on-one play by Evan Williams on a pass from Jonathan Taylor.

“We kind of just went through the motions in the first 10 or 15 minutes and they got a goal on us, and that immediately snapped us into playing our game,” Alonso said. “We were wasteful with our opportunities early.”

Manhattan came out in the second half and scored on another one-on-one play in the 15th minute, with Eric Gray scoring unassisted. The Indians added a third goal with nine minutes left in the game by Jacob Stutheit, assisted by Jonathan Turnley.

“We were the aggressor all game long, but we were going through the motions and we had a lot of chances in the second half,” Alonso said. “We’ve got to get a little more clinical up front. We create a ton of chan ces — we missed probably five or six one-on-ones.”

Keeper Kai Reever ended the night with four saves. Manhattan outshot the Titans 22-6 in the match in another solid game for the defense, though Alonso would like to see the defense improve even more.

“Defensively we’re switching off at times and giving up a bad goal here and there,” he said. “We need to tighten that up a bit.”

Manhattan continues its road swing with a trip to Emporia on Thursday before ending the regular season with five of six matches at home.

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