The Manhattan High girls soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday.
Blue Valley West blanked MHS 3-0 in the Class 6A semifinals in Wichita.
“I thought we played a good game — one of our most complete games,” Manhattan coach Mike Sanchez said. “The tears and the emotions that go into the season, and the game, the seniors — even though they’re moving on — they still wanted to give it everything they had and go out on a high note.”
Blue Valley West recorded two goals in the first half, while Manhattan was nicked with an own-goal in the second half.
That was enough to end the Indians’ season with an overall record of 14-4-1.
Manhattan bids farewell to seniors Gracyn Evans, Maeve Tanona, Makael Whipple, Izzie Williams and Kylee Copeland, who helped MHS knock off Wichita North, 1-0, at home on Wednesday to earn a spot in the state semifinals.
It was the second straight time Manhattan’s season ended in that stage in the playoffs. Manhattan fell to Blue Valley West last year in the semis, and again earlier this year.
That, Sanchez said, motivated his club to knock off the Jaguars on Saturday.
It just didn’t come to fruition — but the skipper said he knows the team will recover.
“I think once the tears dry out and the emotions settle,” Sanchez said, “they’ll take into account how far they made it, with the experience throughout the year.”
That particularly applies to the seniors, Sanchez said.
“Their work ethic, and the fight that they had,” he said of what he’ll miss most about them. “I always tell them that leadership comes from the top, and they’ve been fantastic leaders. They’re the epitome of what a senior, what a leader should be, with their work ethic and their character.”