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Indians open with win at Topeka High

By Joel Jellison

Returning to the site of their fourth-place finish at state, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team didn’t miss a beat on Thursday, opening the season with a 7-0 win over Topeka High at Hummer Sports Park.

Bailey Snyder led the way for the Indians with two goals and an assist, while Onyeka Ehie added two goals.

Annissa Durar had one goal and one assist, Ally Taylor and Willie Stockton each scored a goal and Emma Samenus had an assist.

MHS coach Mike Sanchez was happy with the way the team performed in it’s debut, as well as his debut as the head coach.

“I was really proud of them,” he said. “We came out strong, and we can always look to improve. We have to take one game at a time and I thought they played well.”

Manhattan goalkeeper Kristen Thompson had two saves, while the Trojans had four shots on goal.

Overall, Sanchez said the defense kept Thompson from staying too busy.

“(Kristen) is one tough girl, and she is doing well,” he said. “Our defense did a good job so she didn’t have to be challenged too much today.”

Several younger played logged their first major minutes on Thursday, and Sanchez said they got off to good starts.

“We have some young girls, some sophomores that are really stepping up,” he said. “They are really stepping in and filling in for the team.”

Sanchez said he also credits the upperclassmen for getting the younger girls going.

“The girls that are returning are doing a great job with their leadership,” he said. “They are doing a good job of guiding the younger girls that are coming in.”

The Indians will play a game during spring break next week, traveling to Kansas City for a game against Blue Valley Stilwell on Saturday, March 24. Manhattan will open at home on March 28, against Topeka West.

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