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Kernel soccer teams tie in Spearfish

SPEARFISH—Both Mitchell High School soccer teams were in action on Saturday at Spearfish and coincidentally, both the boys and girls teams came away with ties by the same score.

Boys

After dropping the first four games of the season, the Kernel boys team hoped to bring home the first win of the season. That didn't happen, but Mitchell played Spearfish to a 2-2 draw.

Mark Novak and Jonathan Corado scored for Mitchell, while an own goal allowed Spearfish to get on the board and eventually end the game knotted. Still, the Kernels walked off the pitch feeling pleased with the performance.

"Many of the guys held their own from a different place on the pitch," Mitchell head coach Ken Novak said. "One of the keys to our more effective play against Spearfish was composure in the midfield and on our back four. We possessed the ball, we found feet going forward often in the middle of the field and that set up some very fast and twice effective counter attacks."

Trevor Lambert made 23 saves in goal for Mitchell (0-4-1), which hosts Sioux Falls Christian on Tuesday.

Girls

The Mitchell girls team also played Spearfish to a 2-2 draw, with the Kernels getting the game-tying goal on a penalty kick less than five minutes in the second half.

The shots on goal were nearly even, and as a result, Mitchell was able play Spearfish tight throughout.

"This was the most complete game the girls have played," Mitchell head coach Bob Lemon said. "They were able to connect passes and control the ball. The girls responded very well after the half and were able to control much the play in the second half."

Spearfish scored first, but Mitchell answered five minutes later as Lily Peterson found Mia Mullenmeister for a goal at the 31:34 mark.

The Spartans got another goal at 39:33, taking all the momentum into the break, but Samantha Gerlach was fouled in the penalty area early in the second half and Mullenmeister capitalized on the penalty kick to tie the game.

Caroline Titze made 19 saves in goal for the Kernels. Mitchell (2-2-1) is back in action with a home game against Garretson on Thursday.

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