MHS soccer cruises past Chargers, 8-0

By Brady Bauman

The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team handled the Topeka West Chargers with ease Wednesday evening at Anneberg Park.

The Indians dominated Topeka West 8-0 with seniors Annissa Durar and Onyeka Ehie — both forwards — scoring three goals apiece.

The Manhattan offense was on the attack so often throughout the game that goalkeeper Kristen Thompson nearly had the day off. The Chargers failed to register any shots on goal in the contest.

“We came out a little bit slow, but we turned it around and started to pick it up,” MHS head coach Mike Sanchez said. “We came out (flat) in the first 20 minutes, but we started to put it together with some nice passes and really found our forwards.”

Sophomore Allison Taylor put Manhattan (2-1) on the score board for its first goal of the game with less than 20 minutes to go in the first half and Durar added another not long after from a free kick. Ehie scored near the 17-minute mark and chipped in another a few feet away from the goal post with 12:02 to go in the half.

Manhattan went into the break with a 4-0 lead and the Indians picked up right where they left off in the second half with a break-away score by Durar with 28:42 on the clock. Less than 2 minutes later Durar scored again with a long-distance strike to extend Manhattan’s lead to 6-0.

The Indians – as they were all the first half – were constantly on the Chargers’ side of the field and added two more goals before the game was over.

Sophomore midfielder Par McNair and Ehie were credited with the last goals, respectively.

“They played really well,” Sanchez said about Durar and Ehie. “Anissa had a really great free kick and we’ve really been working on getting them involved (more) this week.”

Sanchez continued that he was proud of the way his team kept its intensity high even in the later stages of the game when the outcome of the game was well in Manhattan’s favor.

“We don’t want to let up, because then we get into bad habits,” he said. “We want to continue to put the pedal to the metal, whether it’s 0-0 or 8-0.”

Junior Bailey Snyder posted a shot on goal and an assist, while fellow junior Willie Stockton also had an assist and three shots on goal. Sophomore Emma Samenus had a shot on goal and an assist, as well.

The Indians will continue play Friday with a road trip at Olathe North.

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