After Monday’s late meltdown cost them a win against Garden City, the Manhattan High boy’s soccer team needed this.
The Indians (2-1) scored four goals before halftime and three more in the second half before finally calling off the dogs in a 7-0 rout of Wichita Trinity Wednesday.
“We had a good film session and we just talked, and the boys, give them credit,” MHS head coach Frank Alonso said. “Sometimes as coaches we moan about this and that, but they came ready to play. We honestly could have scored more.”
Manhattan was led by Eric Gray’s three goals. Peter Maier, Adam Gray, Jonathan Taylor and Jonathan Turnley also had goals in a match that got out of hand in a hurry.
The Indians led 3-0 after just 15 minutes of play, but kept up their intensity after letting off the gas too much against Garden City Monday.
“We played every single player on our roster,” Alonso said. “Everybody played a ton and nobody got hurt, so mission accomplished.
“They did a nice job - I’m pleased with the effort. The boys really wanted to show some intensity on the field and leadership on the field.”
Manhattan outshot Trinity 21-5, while goalkeeper Kai Reever had three saves in preserving the shutout.
Undoubtedly, the loss to Garden City was a big motivator for Manhattan.
“We had a good heart-to-heart, not just me doing all the talking, but just us refocusing,” Alonso said. “A game like that, we obviously were frustrated and mad at each other. We were mad at giving up a game.”
Senior Jonathan Taylor said Tuesday’s talk after the Garden City loss was beneficial.
“We talked about not straying away from our game, which is keeping possession,” he said. “Once we got the 2-0 lead, we tried to just keep it forward and keep scoring more goals.
“A loss here would definitely have killed us. We needed to get this one and get our confidence back up.”
Senior Joe Coonrod echoed his teammate’s words.
“We talked about doing our job, keeping our assignments and playing together,” Coonrod said. “Our attitude coming out, we came out and played hard and got up early. That was good for us.”
With the win, Manhattan advances in the consolation side of the bracket to play Liberal for fifth place on Saturday.
“We’ve got a tough game on Saturday,” Alonso said. “Liberal is always a perennial, top-of-the-state program. We’ll have our hands full, but if we can get out of the Titan 3-1, I’d be happy with that.”
The fifth-place game is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Wichita.