“It was a very good game and we were able to build on the things we saw wrong in the fist two games,” said coach Nik Fleming. “We still see some places we need to improve, things that have nagged us.”
Kofi Mensah led the scoring with three goals. Adding the two other shots were William Ifere and Ebrima Darboe.
Standing out on the wings were a rotation of three players: Vicente Maravilla, Daniel Campos, and Wilber Zelada.
“They supported the attack from behind the ball all night,” said Fleming.
Center defender Jesse Theodocian also played well.
“He communicated with the defenders and kept the defense strong against the attack,” said Fleming.
Keepers Jesus Murillo and Martin Canada protected the net.
In the girls game, the Lady Jags fell down 3-1 in the first half of Thursday’s game but fought to a 2-2 draw in the second half.
“We struggled a little bit and I told the girls it doesn’t matter if we win or lose, we just have to work hard,” said NMHS coach Mistie Mayfield. “We dug down deep and never gave up, leaving everything on the field.”
Freshman Alexus Lawson scored all three goals for the Lady Jags. She has scored every goal this season, using her incredible speed to her advantage. Picking up assists were Maria Revera and Stephanie Rodriquez.
New Manchester also got strong play from center defender Thamara Velasco, midfielder Jessica Serrano, and stopper Allee Austin.
“Thamara showed outstanding leadership and kept the defense together,” said Mayfield. “Jessica works until the clock is finished and opened up the midfield.”
“Allee loves the game so much and it shows on the field,” Mayfield added.
New Manchester has scored 16 goals this season in three games. Last year the team scored only four goals all season.
The Jags and Lady Jags will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Paulding County. Games start at 5:30 p.m.