Manchester Girls Soccer Captures Conference Title (with photos)





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By: Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com 

On May 24, the Lady Dutch soccer team traveled to Quincy in the Independent Soccer League (ISL) crossover contest, winning 5-0.

The Lady Dutch possessed the ball early which led to many shot opportunities, less than four minutes into the game sophomore forward Liz Mrocko found her sister, junior midfielder Emma for an easy tap-in inside the box.

Less than four minutes after that, Emma repaid the favor, threading a perfect pass inside the box back post to Liz for the goal and 2-0 lead.

Quincy had a few good looks on the counter-attack including a chance with 29:36 left from a header that led to a hit on the crossbar before the Lady Dutch defense cleared the ball.

Quincy played an onsides trap against the aggressive Lady Dutch, causing many offsides as the Lady Dutch took a 2-0 lead into the half.

Barely into the second half, junior midfielder Rayna Edwards launched a rocket after settling the ball that found the back of the net. Ten minutes later, after a quick kick from a foul inside the box, a penalty kick for a handball was awarded from the quick reset. Edwards finished the penalty for the 4-0 lead.

Freshman Makayla Sayer would cap off the scoring for the Lady Dutch with 9:44, finishing in the box to give the Lady Dutch the 5-0 lead.

Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Mann had the clean sheet, coming up with a few big saves where she had to come out in a one on one situations. Defensively, sophomore defender Megan Reppert led the back line, stopping attack after attack from Quincy.

“(Megan) Reppert was very good,” said Lady Dutch head coach Travis Baker. “She kept everything in front of her and put in tackles when she needed to. I thought she was good in that aspect of it, she was able to take risks and try to win balls.”

The win capped off a 13-0 record in the Independent Soccer League (ISL) and gave the Lady Dutch their fifth conference title in six years.

Next up for the Lady Dutch are Districts, they take on Hanover-Horton at home on 5/31 after a first-round bye.

 

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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