MHS soccer beats Topeka Seaman

By Grant Guggisberg

While the end result worked out for the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team, Friday’s match on the road with Seaman left something to be desired by head coach Mike Sanchez.

The Indians won 2-0 against the Vikings, but wasted multiple chances to build on the lead and put the game away early. MHS outshot Seaman 15-2.

With so much of the game spent on offense, Sanchez wants to see his team capitalize more often.

“In the final third, we’ve got to start putting the ball away,” Sanchez said. “We have opportunities. I don’t know how many corners we had, but we had a lot of opportunities there in the second half on corner kicks, and Jennifer Then played some good balls, we just weren’t getting on the end of it to put it in the back of the net.”

Manhattan took a 1-0 lead to halftime on a goal by Kelli Stockton, assisted by Then. The Indians could have been up two, but couldn’t convert on a penalty kick before the half expired.

In the second half, Emma Samenus scored Manhattan’s second goal on a ball from Bailey Snyder.

Sanchez said he wants his team to get to the point where after one goal is scored, the momentum stays with his team and starts to snowball on the opponent.

“Overall, it’s just a matter of being dangerous in the final third,” he said. “Once we get one, we feel like they should start coming.”

While Sanchez wouldn’t make excuses, he did say the weather has helped aid his team’s inconsistency. With several rainouts on game days and fields being too wet to practice on, mother nature has done little to cooperate.

“The weather is killing us,” he said. “I hate to blame anything, but we should have had two games this week and we had to move one. So now we’ll have two weeks where we have three games, which is tough. It’s been hard for us to build consistency in play.

“Once winter wraps up, and spring gets here, hopefully our play will be more consistent.”

Manhattan hosts Blue Valley West on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

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