Manhattan High girls’ soccer coach Mike Sanchez had one big change he wanted to put in the team’s offensive attack this season — an aggressive scoring tendency.
The Indians got about as aggressive as a team could on Thursday, scoring seven goals in the first half before winning 10-0 at Highland Park. The game ended early due to the 10-goal lead mercy rule.
Sanchez said his team (11-2-1) came out playing well.
“They gave it a good effort and they played hard,” he said. “We came out in a different formation to try something new to get ready for our remaining games in case we need to adjust so that we know what needs to happen. We might need to use it down the line in the playoffs.”
Sanchez said that the seven goals in the first half showed an aggressive nature to score goals, but the setup of the game also allowed the team to get some rest.
“They were aggressive and that’s how we wanted to come out,” he said. “We were also able to rest some people up for the games we have left and that’s always nice. And it gives other girls who don’t always play as much the opportunity to get out there and play with other varsity players.”
The Indians have just one home game left on the remaining regular season schedule, hosting rival-Junction City on Tuesday at Anneberg Park.
Sanchez said he expects it to be a tough game.
“They’ve been giving some teams a tough time, so it will be a challenge for us,” he said. “Our players will come in ready and I’m sure they will too with us being so close.”
The teams will go into regional play on May 15. Sanchez said the Indians, who are currently clinging to a No. 2-seed, hope to stay near the top. Washburn Rural leads the regional standings right now, while Lawrence Free State is close behind MHS in third and Junction City is fourth.