Manchester Soccer Earns Revenge, Prepares for Postseason

By: Seth Kinker,

 Earlier this season, the Manchester Flying Dutchmen Boys Soccer team fell to the Jackson Christian Royals by a score of 2-1.

At the time, the Dutchmen were missing five players due to injury, had two players show up prior to kickoff due to ACT retakes, were finishing an early season gauntlet of games, and were working to figure out their formation early in the season.

On Oct. 11, the Dutchmen earned their revenge winning 4-0 in a contest that was put out of reach early.

Junior midfielder Jake Rowader takes the ball downfield against Onsted. He had one goal for the Dutchmen against the Royals on Thursday.

A focus for the Dutchmen as the season has come to a close has been clean sheets. With first year senior goalkeeper Brayden Hayes having a solid year paired with a defensive unit in front of him with a lot of game time experience that includes sophomore Henry Wehrly, senior Carson Ridenour, senior Owen Whitney, and senior Reese Dresch, the Dutchmen were able to keep a clean sheet on Thursday.

Five minutes in, junior midfielder Jake Rowader took the ball down the left sideline before cutting in and beating the keeper near post with a low shot.

With 26:53 remaining in the first half, Dutchmen senior forward Lenin Fierro gave a perfect pass forward to senior midfielder Calvin Daniels who rocketed the ball between the Royal goalkeepers legs for the 2-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Fierro got on the board, taking a turn clean in the box and leaving two defenders in the box before firing to the far corner.

With four minutes remaining in the half, the Dutchmen rounded out their scoring from freshman midfielder Max Edwards. Rowader found Fierro who’s shot went off the post, Fierro got the rebound, and crossed it back post to a waiting Edwards for the easy tap-in.

On Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. the Dutchmen travel to Lenawee Christian for the team’s third meeting this season, this time in the first round of districts. The teams split the season series with both teams taking their road game.

“Do the same thing, go to their place, beat them,” said Dutchmen head coach Travis Baker on his plans for the game Monday.  “Hopefully, we win, every time we play at home we lose. Road games, I’m undefeated at their place.”

The Dutchmen finished as co-champs in the ISL East, and third place in the ISL overall,  with Lenawee Christian advancing on tiebreakers. Lenawee Christian defeated Hillsdale Academy 5-0 on Oct. 11 for the ISL title.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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