It already seems long a long time since the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team advanced to the Class 6A Final Four last spring, but today, they will start a new quest.
So much has happened since that time for the team, with seniors graduating, former coach Brett Nelson leaving for a job as a principal and Mike Sanchez being hired as new man in charge,
Sanchez brings with him plenty of coaching experience, just not as a head coach at the varsity level. He has served as an assistant for the boys’ team over the past few seasons and has coached a few club teams in the area.
The Indians will open the season tonight with a game against Topeka High at Hummer Sports Park - the site of last year’s season ending loss in the Final Four, and the place the team will be looking to get back to this season.
After two years of solid seasons that ended in early exits from the state playoffs, the Indians finally advanced to state last season with a senior-led group that put in extra offseason work to improve as a group.
The offseason workouts led by seniors were a highlight for the team last year, as they paid dividends with season success.