In front of a home crowd at Joe Quintal Field on Saturday, the Mitchell High School boys soccer team notched its first win of the season. The Kernels took down Harrisburg 3-0.
"We needed that win," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "We needed to see the fruit of our labors."
Mitchell's (1-7-1) offensive woes, which had seen it score just four goals in its first eight games, disappeared against the Tigers. The Kernels had 21 shots, including 13 on goal.
Jon Goldhammer scored Mitchell's first goal, while Dillon Robinson added the second goal off a penalty kick. Beau Schoenfelder netted the Kernels' final goal, with Elijah Novak assisting on the first and third goals. Ken Novak also made note of Mark Novak, Cameron Gauger and Jose Ortiz's efficient passing in the midfield to help move the ball up field.
Trevor Lambert saved 11 shots for Mitchell to earn his first clean sheet of the season.
"Today two critical pieces came together for us: possession and winning one-on-one challenges," coach Novak said. "I think the boys would agree that our mantra for the season has been composure and focus. We had both today."
The Kernels next play at Pierre T.F. Riggs on Tuesday.
MHS girls soccer drops close game
The Mitchell High School girls soccer team made a late push on Saturday against Harrisburg, but it wasn't enough as the Kernels fell 2-1.
Mia Mullenmeister scored her 10th goal of the season for Mitchell (3-5-1) with a minute left in the match.
"Mia's got a strong left foot," MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. "I know anytime she has the ball in the box, she's a threat. She hits the ball really well. The key was being able to turn and getting the defensive player out of position, and she took advantage of that."
Despite her late goal, Harrisburg outshot the Kernels 20-13. The Tigers' Brooklyn Schimoeller had the match's only goal of the first half, and Emily Shields scored the Tigers' second goal.
"They were able to control the middle of the field for a little portion of the game," Lemon said. "... We had chances, but we kind of got slowed down in the midfield in transition, and that's what we need to work on."
Caroline Titze recorded 17 saves in the loss for the Kernels.
Mitchell plays at Pierre T.F. Riggs on Tuesday.