The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team fell to Blue Valley West 2-1 in two overtimes Tuesday night in Anneberg Park.
The Indians held a one-goal lead most of the match, but a late strike from the Jaguars kept their night alive.
MHS head coach Mike Sanchez was proud of his team’s execution, despite the loss.
“That’s how we should be playing all year,” he said. “It’s hard, to go up 1-0, and let (Blue Valley West) get back in it in the last five minutes of the game.
“Both teams fought hard all night. It was a barn-burner.”
Good defense was the foundation for the Indians most of the night.
Sophomore goalkeeper Molly Fiser led the match with 11 saves and was instrumental in holding back a very aggressive Jaguar offense — especially after halftime.
“She was amazing,” Sanchez said. “She had one (save) in the first half and I think 10 in the second half. So she was great and kept us in the in the second half, definitely, because (Blue Valley West) kept putting pressures on us, sending three, four, after us.
“She did phenomenal today. I wish we could have got the win for her.”
Senior forward Bailey Snyder scored Manhattan’s first and only goal at the 15:20 mark of the first half and was assisted by fellow senior Jennifer Then.
The Indians kept that lead going into halftime and it seemed that Snyder’s goal would be enough throughout much of the second half, but things changed with 5:55 to go when the Jaguars’ Izzy Kurzban tied it up with an unassisted goal.
Both defenses held true in the first overtime, but Blue Valley West ended the contest in the second overtime when junior Rachel Catrell found the net at the 4:14 mark.
Manhattan had three shots on goal posted by Snyder, Kelsey Schroll and Par McNair. The Jaguars, however, totaled 11.