Indians waste no time in 5-0 rout of Aces

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team went off on Friday night, beating Wichita East 5-0 at Anneberg Park.

The Indians (7-2-1) scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, first on an Annissa Durar kick from a Bailey Snyder pass, and second on an unassisted goal from Onyeka Ehie.

But MHS coach Mike Sanchez said when the team gathered at halftime, there wasn’t an ounce of satisfaction.

“We came in at half and everyone was talking about how we came out early and scored two goals and then we got comfortable,” he said. “We have to shy away from that and keep it going with consistency for 80 minutes.”

The Indians scored a goal less than 4 minutes into the second half, when Snyder scored on an unassisted shot. A few minutes later, Willie Stockton finished on a pass from Snyder to put the Indians ahead 4-0.

Durar said they wanted to keep pushing in the second half.

“At halftime, we talked and said we definitely wanted to put through some more goals because they were shaky in the back,” she said. “I think that’s why we came out and scored more.”

Sanchez said the result of the game fit the more aggressive nature he has been trying to instill this year.

“Our whole thing is to try and keep it going no matter who we play, what the score is — just keep going,” he said. “We want to be complete, so hopefully we take something from each game and we can apply it at the end of the season.”

The Indians would score one more goal on Friday, pushing one through with 10:24 to play after Ally Taylor connected on a pass from Jennifer Then.

Ehie, who had been picking up more assists than goals lately, said the team worked as well together as it had all season.

Sanchez has recently praised Ehie for the number of assists she had this season, after being more of a score-first forward last season.

The senior said she has focused on doing whatever possible to help the team win.

“I haven’t been scoring this year as much as I have last year, so I’ve been keeping it in my mind, ‘what can I do to help make my team better,’” she said. “That has just been my mindset and I have been looking for my teammates and trying to find the best ball for them.”

With 10 games completed this season, and a similar record at this point to last year’s squad, Durar said MHS is taking it one step at a time with its focus on reaching state for the second consecutive year.

“We pretty much have the exact same record as last year,” she said. “We made it to state and could have won that semifinal game last year, and we are just thinking about winning league and then making it to state. I definitely think we have the players and the potential to do that.”

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