The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team didn’t convert many goals on Friday, but it did manage to score the only one it needed against Wichita East.
Manhattan coach Mike Sanchez would, of course, like to see more scoring from his team. But pulling out another close victory is also a good sign for a squad that is still learning to convert on its scoring chances.
“I probably sound like a broken record, but we possess the ball was on their side of the field most of the time,” he said. “We just need to take advantage of our opportunities to put them away.”
The Indians won 1-0 behind a solid defense that didn’t concede much to Wichita East. MHS outshot the Blue Aces 12-3 and got a solid performance from goalkeeper Molly Fiser and the defense.
Emma Samenus scored the match’s only goal early in the first half to give Manhattan an edge it would not relinquish. Samenus’ goal was unassisted.
“Everyone played well,” Sanchez said. “Our back line did a great job of fielding out of the back. We didn’t always finish, but we got the one that we needed.
“Again, we’re doing a great job of setting up the ball — we just have to finish it.”
Sanchez said he thinks once the goals start coming, they’ll happen more often in bunches.
“I think once we get a few more, they’ll start to come,” he said. “That’s something we’ll work on in practice, but we also have three games this week, so it’s tough.”
Sanchez said playing in tight games does affect the way his team likes to play, though in this case, the adjustments were minimal.
“We went to a 4-3-3 for a while to open up the game a bit more and give us some scoring opportunities, but we don’t change much,” he said. “We adjust tactically when we need to.”