Senior Jirni Cripe of Manchester (L) and Whitko junior Ella Danner battle for ball control during the first half. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Senior Jirni Cripe of Manchester (L) and Whitko junior Ella Danner battle for ball control during the first half. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester High School boys and girls soccer teams swept rival Whitko Wednesday evening, and did so in vastly different fashions.

In a Three Rivers Conference doubleheader at Good Fields, the Class 2A No. 15 Squires got goals from nine players in a 14-0 rout of the Wildcats, while Emma Garriott scored twice in the second half of the Lady Squires’ 2-0 win.

Manchester’s boys team, which improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the TRC standings, has outscored its opponents 60-6.

In Wednesday’s win, the Squires scored seven goals in each half.

“They kept their level up, no matter who was in there,” Manchester coach Dave McKee said of his players’ intensity while the outcome was well in hand.

“We ended the game with JV players, and most of the second half was with JV players, but with a few varsity players in there for transition and to teach the younger players where to go and what to do.”

Justin Self put the Squires on the board in the eighth minute on an assist from Isaiah Davis.

And that was just the beginning, as Harley Kruschwitz also scored in the eight minute on a Caleb Stout assist, and then Davis got a helper from Self in the ninth minute to make it 3-0.

“That’s our plan for every game, to score early and get our opponents frustrated,” said McKee. “It was no different today. We took it like any other game, and I?told the guys ‘this is a conference game, so we’ll start out like any other game, and then we’ll change things as we go along if we need to.’”

Stout finished the game with three goals and a pair of assists, while Dyson Rosen, Brandon Wagoner and Davis scored two goals each.

Michael Wirsing, Mathias McLaughlin, A.J. Forman, Kruschwitz and Self all scored one goal.

The goals by Rosen and Foreman were the first of their respective prep careers.

Whitko’s boys squad fell to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the TRC.

In the girls game, which was played simultaneously on an adjacent pitch, the teams were scoreless at halftime.

Garriott changed that early in the second half, scoring what turned out to be the game-winner in the 42nd minute.

She added an insurance goal shortly there after, helping the Lady Squires improve to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in TRC play.

The Lady Wildcats fell to 2-8 and 1-2.

“This season it seems like we’ve been a second-half team,” said Manchester girls coach Jen Birch. “They struggle to come out from the get-go with intensity and aggression to get after it from the start. In soccer you don’t get a timeout to pull them over and say ‘hey, this isn’t what we wanna do.’

“So at halftime we talked about it. We talked about our first touch, moving it more to the corners, running through the ball. Whitko played a tough first half, they were winning the challenge, winning 50/50 balls, and they were really running through the ball. They wanted it more. So we definitely turned our heads around and got after it in the second half.”

Whitko’s Julia Seifert made 20 saves in the net.



Goals – Caleb Stout 3, Dyson Rosen 2, Brandon Wagoner 2, Isaiah Davis 2, Harley Kruschwitz, Michael Wirsing, Mathias McLaughlin, Justin Self, A.J. Foreman

Assists – Kruschwitz 3, Self 3, Stout 2, Wagoner

Records: Manchester 8-0 (4-0 TRC), Whitko 0-7 (0-6 TRC)



Goals – Emma Garriott 2

Assists – Lainey Shock 1

Records: Manchester 3-5 (2-1 TRC), Whitko 2-8 (1-2 TRC)