Cold temperatures and precipitation earlier in the day didn’t stop the Manhattan High girls’ soccer team from traveling to Topeka to play Highland Park on Thursday afternoon.
The Indians won in a rout, 10-0, while getting the opportunity to play some younger players and see regulars at different positions.
Manhattan coach Mike Sanchez said the team treated it like any other game, despite taking a 7-0 lead to halftime.
“We still started the same we normally have, minus Emma, but we treated it like any other game,” he said. “We were able to get some other girls some valuable minutes.”
Maggie Fischer, Par McNair and regular goalkeeper Molly Fiser each had two goals, while Ali Rincon, Savannah Roberts, Jennifer Then and Maddie Taylor each added one goal apiece.
Fiser started the game in the goal, but got the opportunity to play multiple positions on the day.
“It gave us a chance to play Molly Fiser on the field as well,” Sanchez said. “She played a little bit of everything yesterday, goal, forward, center-mid and outside-back. What a lot of people probably don’t know about Molly is she’s pretty good with her feet. She’s a modern goalkeeper, because a lot of today’s soccer teams are able to play it back to their goalie and it’s like having another field player.”
Sanchez said weather threatened the start of the game, but playing on turf helped keep the game on.
Manhattan led 7-0 at half and needed about 20 minutes of the second half to get three more goals and end the game by mercy rule.
Today’s game is one of only a couple Manhattan High sporting events still scheduled to play. Manhattan is set to travel back to Topeka to play Hayden. The Wildcats, like the Indians, play on a natural grass field.
“As far as I know right now, the game is on,” Sanchez said. “It will be cold, and probably a little wet, but we’re at Hayden today, the varsity will go at four and JV goes afterward, because they don’t have lights. It’ll be interesting to see what they’re able to do with their field with the weather.”