The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team got a win over the Emporia Spartans behind a big offensive night from Kelsey Schroll Tuesday.
Schroll scored three goals in the game, all in the second half, to lead the Indians to a 6-0 win over the Spartans.
“I think she’s starting to find her stride,” Manhattan head coach Mike Sanchez said. “We’ve moved her around a little bit to find out where we can get the most out of Kelsey. She’s obviously a strong, powerful girl, but what people don’t understand is she’s a pretty talented soccer player as well.”
Schroll got going in the second half, with Kelli Stockton assisting on one of her goals and Zoey Botkin on a corner kick.
Sanchez said Schroll’s versatility is an asset, but one important strength is her ability to shoot accurately from outside the 18-yard box.
“One of her goals was on a corner, so it was inside the box, but the other two were shots from about 20-yards out, which we need,” he said. “We need somebody who is capable of testing goalkeepers from farther out.”
The Indians outshot Emporia 41-3, with 20 shots on goal for Manhattan.
In the first half, Hannah Livsey scored the first goal for the Indians on a corner kick from Maggie Fischer, with Aleise Williams adding a second goal later in the period.
The Indians took a 3-0 lead to halftime on a goal by Stockton from Schroll.
“I don’t want to take anything away from them, because they did a good job and they kept battling,” Sanchez said. “And it’s nice to come away with a win, but we still have to keep our foot on the pedal and push through.”
Looking forward, Manhattan hosts Seaman on Friday at Bishop Stadium at 6:45 p.m. Sanchez said his team needs to be on guard against the Vikings.
“I don’t really know a whole lot about them, but we have to come out strong, because you never really know what kind of team you’re going to play against,” he said. “Upsets happen all the time.”