MHS soccer loses second straight

By Maria McIlwain

Not much went Manhattan’s way on Wednesday night.

The Indians (5-3) lost to Topeka High, 1-0, for their second straight loss.

“We just got beat,” head coach Mike Sanchez said. “They were the better team today; that happens.”

Each team had two shots on goal, while keeper Emilie Korenek recorded one save.

Both teams had opportunities before Erica Self found the net for the Trojans with just over 28 minutes left in the first half.

Sanchez didn’t want to blame the conditions — nearly 80 degrees with strong winds and looming storms — for his team’s seemingly flat play.

“They had a better game, and they wanted it more than we did. A lot more than we did,” he said.

Topeka High nearly had another goal in the second half when Korenek came out of the net, giving the Trojans a near-open look, but Karmen Martinie kicked the ball out of bounds.

The Indians kept the ball on Topeka’s side of the field for much of the second half but couldn’t convert. A corner kick with 16:45 left on the clock bounced in front of the net before going out of bounds and another shot was right at the keeper.

Sanchez said he hopes the they learn from the loss and that his team needs to be more aggressive up top to return to the level it was playing at early on.

“We need people on the attack to be more assertive and kind of want to take over,” he said. “We need somebody to step up in the attack and be that attack-minded player to make us dangerous. Right now, we don’t have that, today.”

Sanchez felt his team was frustrated as the game went on, but it didn’t affect the level of play toward the end.

“Being down 1-0, you know you’re playing with your back against the wall and trying to play catch-up,” he said.

A bright spot for Manhattan was midfielder Addy Stone’s return from a knee injury.

“That was a spark,” Sanchez said. “She gave us some pace on the flanks. I don’t know if we took advantage of that.”

Cailey Perkins did not play because of an ankle sprain, however. Sanchez hopes she’ll be ready to go for Manhattan’s next game, a home match with Trinity Academy on Tuesday.

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