MHS soccer blanks Emporia High, 3-0

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team won their second game in two days on Tuesday with a 3-0 win on the road at Emporia.

Annissa Durar led the charge for the Indians in the win, setting up a goal off a corner kick in the first half and scoring two more in the second half.

MHS coach Mike Sanchez said the team played well.

“The first half we were probably on their half of the field 75 percent of the time, and they packed in the box and made it hard on us to get quality shots on goal,” he said, “but we just kept passing it around trying to create opportunities.”

Sanchez said the Spartans made it hard on them throughout the first half.

“Emporia just made it tough for us to get into the box when they had the numbers on us defensively,” he said.

The first-half goal for the Indians was scored when Durar placed a ball in the perfect spot for Willie Stockton to head the ball in.

In the second half, Durar kicked a shot out wide and caught the goalkeeper off line for her first goal, and scored the second with what Sanchez said was putting a ball in the right spot at the right time.

Sanchez said Emporia changed its strategy in the second half, but the MHS defense slowed it down.

“Emporia came out a little more aggressive in the second half and they got four shots on us after getting just one in the first,” he said. “The defense did a pretty good job of keeping them from getting to Kristen (Thompson) back there.”

The Indians will return home on Thursday to play Seaman at Anneberg Park.

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