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MHS soccer falls 1-0 at Blue Valley-Stilwell

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Blue Valley-Stilwell in overtime in Kansas City.

MHS coach Mike Sanchez said the game-winning goal came on a broken play.

“I think it was probably evenly matched and it could have gone either way,” he said. “They took advantage of a really good opportunity they had in that first overtime. They got a pretty direct ball from the back to the forward and there was maybe some miscommunication and the girl put it away.”

Blue Valley got six shots on goals while the Indians had five. Despite the final goal, Sanchez said goalkeeper Kristen Thompson had a great game.

“Kristen had two brilliant saves, including one on a breakaway,” he said. “It was amazing actually, the way she stopped the girl.”

Sanchez said MHS nearly put the game away with a goal, but it just missed in the classic tight soccer game fashion.

“They played hard and it could have gone either way,” he said. “Ally Taylor hit a really nice shot off the crossbar — we thought it was going in and it just pinged right off the post.”

Sanchez said he spoke to the team about moving forward after the game.

“The game is over and we learn from our mistakes — I said let’s turn around and get on the bus and look toward the next game,” he said. “In my opinion every loss falls on the coach so I take fully responsibility and I look forward to getting them prepared for Topeka West.”

The Indians will open their home schedule on Wednesday with Topeka West at Anneberg Park.

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