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Indians take 3rd at Titan Classic

By Grant Guggisberg

After losing a tough game on Wednesday at the Titan Classic to Hutchinson, the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team bounced back strong against Wichita Heights on Saturday to close out the week.

Winning 8-1 against the Falcons, Manhattan (3-1) finished the week in third place at the annual Wichita tournament, outshooting Heights 18-4 and turning a 3-1 halftime lead into a blowout in the second half.

The Indians got on the board early in the first half, with Peter Maier scoring the first of three goals in the match in the 11th minute, assisted by Jonathan Turnley. He would score two unassisted goals after halftime in the 10h and 19h minute of the second half to finish with a hat trick.

Eric Gray scored the second Manhattan goal in the 20th minute assisted by Austin Clark, with Turnley scoring on a free kick in the 34th minute to give the Indians a 3-1 halftime lead.

In the second half, Maier’s back-to-back goals gave the Indians a big lead, with Turnley adding his second goal, this time on a penalty kick, in the 29th minute. Austin French scored on a ball from Gray in the 32nd minute of the second half, with Matt Turnley rounding out the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute.

With the win in the books, Manhattan takes a 10-day break from games before hitting the road for a match against Shawnee Heights on Sept. 17.

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