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Kernels girls soccer drop game to Yankton

Mitchell's Kyah Escobin (23) tries to keep the ball from Yankton's Madison Wuebben during their Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' soccer match on Thursday in Yankton. (James Cimburek/Yankton Press and Dakotan)

YANKTON -- The Mitchell High School girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-0 at Yankton on Thursday.

Yankton took a 1-0 lead into halftime but quickly added another goal in the second half.

“We were able to build a little more, and we took some more chances,” Mitchell head coach Bob Lemon said. “We sort of had to play that way. We went down 2-0 about five minutes into the second half. I think it was more of a sense of urgency on our part.”

While the extra sense of urgency didn’t result in any goals, the Kernels did record four second-half shots after going the entire first half without one. Mitchell’s inability to possess the ball in the offensive third hurt its offense.

Defensively, Mitchell held Yankton to seven shots after it recorded 11 shots in the first half. Lemon thought his defense played well in the loss, specifically Kyah Escobin and Marianna Novak, the team’s holding midfielders.

“Those two girls played really hard all game,” Lemon said. “They’re our link between the defensive line and the offensive attack. When they were able to control the ball, we were able to build plays.”

Caroline Titze benefitted from Mitchell’s strong defense, though she also suffered some bad luck as all three goals were scored off rebounds. She ultimately finished with 15 saves.

“I thought this was a good first game for a lot of these girls,” Lemon said. “We played a difficult team, and I thought we responded well. We’re just hoping to use this experience and build off of it on Saturday.”

Mitchell (1-1) hosts Brandon Valley at 12 p.m. on Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.

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