Along with nearly all of the spring sports this season, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team has struggled to get adequate practice time outside so far this year.
Especially after Monday’s game with Wichita Trinity was postponed, the Indians were ready to get back out on the pitch, and it showed Wednesday evening.
Manhattan defeated Topeka West 10-0 in a shutout that was never really in doubt.
Head coach Mike Sanchez said he was pleased with the way his team dictated the game from the beginning to the end.
“We dictated the play this time,” he said. “I know in the first game we let them dictate it in the first half. Tonight we came out pretty aggressive, and we dictated the style of play all game. They had to play very defensive most of the night with the way we came out.”
Manhattan led 4-0 at halftime and staked a 7-0 lead before Sanchez emptied his bench. The reserves ended up getting about 25 minutes of playing time before finishing off the game with a 10-0 victory.
“We were only outside twice because of the weather, so it’s been tough because of the weather,” he said. “We haven’t been outside consistently every week, but we’re trying to get out there as much as we can. It was a good game for us to get in some players who really need the minutes as well.”
Jennifer Then, Willie Stockton, Bailey Snyder an Kelli Stockton each had two goals apiece, while Emma Samenus and Par McNair each had one. Then finished with two assists, while Willie Stockton and Samenus each had one assist in the rout.
Sanchez said some of the question marks he saw during the first game against Topeka High were addressed in Wednesday’s blowout.
“We started off well in the first half,” he said. “We changed things up a little bit from the first game, moved some people around. I think it maybe answered some questions we had.”
Looking ahead, Manhattan has a tougher week next week. They host Salina Central on Tuesday before facing Washburn Rural on the road and capping the week with a home game against Blue Valley Stilwell.
“It would have helped to have two games this week, because we know it’ll be tough next week,” Sanchez said. “I think we’ll be challenged.”