Manchester Girls Soccer Sweeps Clinton, Defeats Quincy for ISL Title





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Junior midfielder Emma Mrocko crosses the ball against Quincy. She had one goal and one assist.

By Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

The No. 5 ranked Manchester Lady Dutch Soccer team completed a season sweep of the Clinton Redskins on May 22, defeating the Redskins 8-0.

After winning their first meeting 8-0 the Lady Dutch replicated the feat 14 minutes into the second half on Tuesday.

Junior forward Emma Mrocko got the scoring started for Manchester less than five minutes into the contest after a cross from junior midfielder Hannah Woods. E. Mrocko would then assist on a goal six minutes later, leaving a ball off a throw in perfectly to junior midfielder Rayna Edwards who one timed the shot into the left of the net.

With 11:48 remaining in the first half sophomore forward Liz Mrocko got on the stat sheet with a long pass into the box from sophomore midfielder Rylee Spitler, that L. Mrocko finished after cutting and causing a defender to miss and calmly slotting the ball on the ground past the keeper.

  1. Mrocko would notch two more goals before halftime, completing her hat trick and giving the Lady Dutch a 5-0 lead.

In the second half, Edwards scored first after a short kick from Clinton, she settled the ball and launched a rocket with her left foot that the diving keeper couldn’t save.

Less than a minute later Spitler scored on a corner kick, heading a ball from sophomore defender Mikayla Ball into the corner.

Sophomore midfielder Natalie Bargardi capped the 8-0 win recovering a lost ball before unleashing an arcing shot that the keeper dived for but missed.

May 24, the Lady Dutch soccer team traveled to Quincy, and won 5-0.

Manchester possessed the ball early which led to many shot opportunities, less than four minutes into the game L. Mrocko found her sister Emma for an easy tap into 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 and then a hit on the cross bar 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 the 2-0 lead into the half.

Barely into the second half, 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 hand ball was awarded from the quick reset. Edwards finished the penalty for the 4-0 lead.

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

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 Manchester 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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