Indians soccer whips Chargers

By Grant Guggisberg

Playing an opponent the Indians beat handily at home earlier this month, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team managed to repeat its dominant performance, winning 7-0 in a road game at Topeka West on Friday evening.

Manhattan took a 5-0 lead to halftime and only added to its lead in the second period, winning easily for the second time against the Chargers this season.

The Indians defeat the Chargers 8-0 earlier this month.

MHS head coach Mike Sanchez said he wanted his team to stay focused as it prepares for a tough home matchup on Monday against Hayden at Bishop.

“We wanted to focus and work on some more things going into Monday’s game,” Sanchez said. “It’s a big Centennial League game and Hayden is always a tough matchup, so we wanted to work on some things, especially in our midfield. We don’t have a lot of young players, but we have a few, and we were able to get them in.”

Par McNair and Ally Taylor each finished with two-goal games for Manhattan, while Maggie Fischer, Maddie Taylor and Aleise Williams also scored goals for the Indians.

Hannah Livsey, Karmen Martinie, Kelsey Schroll, Kelli Stockton and Williams each finished with assists in the match, while goalkeeper Molly Fiser preserved the shutout.

Looking ahead to Hayden on Monday, Sanchez said he wants his team to not make the same mistakes it made in a loss to Washburn Rural earlier in the year.

“We want to come out strong, we want to play well in the first 20 minutes and set the tone,” he said. “But we also have to take care of the last 60 minutes.”

The Hayden match was moved to 5 p.m., with the JV match to follow.

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