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Early goal boosts Kernels over MC/MV

Mitchell High School's Jordan Jelinek (1) kicks the ball as Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon's Patrick Zapf (25) runs after him during a high school boys' soccer game Tuesday at the Mitchell Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. Also pictured is Seth Paulson (11). (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

When the Mitchell High School boys' soccer team scores early, it is competitive or comes out with a victory.

The Kernels did just that Tuesday en route to beating Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon 3-0 at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. in Mitchell.

Renner Mickelson scored the Kernels' first goal in the second minute of the game and Dylan Weitzman had the assist.

"Our passing has improved every game and tonight was even better," Mitchell coach Jason Wear said. "Our communication was better and possession was better. We crashed the net and tried to finish. Overall, it was a full team improvement."

Issac Novak scored Mitchell's second goal in the 18th minute and was assisted by Jordan Jelinek. Jelinek also assisted Seth Paulson in the 48th minute for the Kernels' final goal of the game.

"I was pleased that we bounced back after giving up a goal early," Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon coach Bob Lemon said. "That's always a rough way to start a game and the guys responded well. We expected Mitchell to control the ball, but we responded fairly well. It's always nice to see our kids step up that way."

Mitchell goalkeeper Cole Carlson made three saves, while Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon goalkeeper Noah Bowman made 21 saves. The Kernels outshot their opponent 33-4 and had nine corner kicks in the game.

"We played well and it was a great result," Wear said. "This does give us confidence going forward and we have gained some momentum. It makes you proud to see them respond in a good manner.

"Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon played well and represented themselves well."

The Kernels (2-3-1) host St. Thomas More, a team they tied with earlier in the season, at 8 p.m. Friday, while Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon (1-4) hosts Harrisburg at 4 p.m. Friday. Both games are at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.