Tuesday’s game between Manhattan High and Wichita Northwest was as back-and-forth as it gets.
Whenever one team would score a goal, the other would come right back to tie it up shortly after. But it was the Indians who hit the net last, scoring with eight minutes left to win 4-3 in Wichita.
Wichita Northwest scored the opening goal of the game, and Manhattan’s (10-2-1) Jennifer Then scored shortly after off a free kick to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Grizzlies scored one more goal before the end of the half and led 2-1 going into the intermission.
“Going into halftime everyone was feeling encouraged and ready to go out and fight in that second half,” MHS girls’ soccer coach Mike Sanchez said.
Rotem Areli, making her second start of the season, scored the second goal of the game for the Indians and the first of the second half to tie the game at two goals a piece.
Wichita Northwest came right back, of course, scoring less than a minute later when it pushed a ball through and got MHS goalkeeper Kristen Thompson in a one-on-one situation.
But Sanchez said the girls didn’t give up.
“The girls continued to fight and stayed in the game and we were on the attack,” he said. “We had some opportunities that we didn’t put away, and then we got one.”
The one the Indians got came when Onyeka Ehie got into the box and was taken down from behind, setting up a penalty kick. Then took the penalty kick and hit the ball to the right of the goalkeeper to tie the game at 3.
With around eight minutes to play, Bailey Snyder pushed the ball through to Ehie, who finished to put the game away.
“The girls fought the last seven or eight minutes to hold them off and they did,” Sanchez said. “I’m really proud of my team, they worked together and were motivated knowing they could come back for the win. They showed a lot of character and fight.”
The Indians will remain out on the road on Thursday, traveling to Topeka to face Highland Park.