After a largely lackluster performance, the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team escaped with a win against Topeka High on the road Tuesday evening.
The Indians got a goal with 13 minutes to play in the first half and held on in the end for a 1-0 win over the Trojans that left head coach Mike Sanchez wanting more.
“It was one of those games where you walk away glad to have the win,” he said. “It wasn’t our prettiest moment, but if you’ve heard John Wooden talk, there are times you win games you should have won, and you lose some games you feel like you should have won. We’ve had some of both this year.”
Manhattan outshot Topeka High 10-8, including an 8-5 mark with shots on goal.
The Indians used a solid play by Maddie Taylor, who weaved through three Trojan defenders before playing a ball across the field to Kelli Stockton, who scored on a header.
From there, both teams played even, with Manhattan not able to possess the ball as it normally does.
“I don’t want to take anything away from the way they played,” Sanchez said. “They came out knowing how they wanted to play. I’m not sure we came out really wanting to play our style of soccer, which is more possession to penetrate, and look to get involved with the attack.
“We lacked a lot of mobility and movement today. We weren’t very creative and were pretty flat.”
The Indians travel to Topeka for a rematch with Topeka West, a team they beat 8-0 at home earlier in the season, before gearing up for another pivotal Centennial League match, this time against Hayden at Bishop Stadium on Monday.
“It’s always a good game,” Sanchez said of the Hayden matchup. “We lost to them in double overtime last year, and they’re always a strong 4A school. They’ll be tough.”
Friday’s match with Topeka West is set for a 6:15 p.m. start.