The Mitchell High School boys soccer team fell behind Yankton 3-0 at halftime and lost 5-1 on Thursday at Joe Quintal Field, but the Kernels managed to stick to their game plan.

Mitchell (0-3) managed to play evenly with the Bucks in the second half and recorded 10 shots on goal in the game, while goalkeeper Trevor Lambert made 23 saves, including a big save on a penalty kick.

Brazilian foreign exchange student Daniel Durta joined the Kernels recently and is already beginning to pay dividends. Durta drew a foul in the second half and capitalized on the penalty kick for Mitchell’s lone goal of the game.

“We not only wanted to possess, but to move the ball into our opponent's half, and we did it in this game,” MHS head coach Ken Novak said. “We played uptempo, made connections, and finally activated our shooting from various parts of the field, and different players. We made a quantum leap from our first two games, and I do believe the boys feel that we are starting to find a confidence on the varsity pitch."

Mitchell returns to the pitch against Brandon Valley at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Brandon.