PIERRE—A couple of unlucky plays were the difference on Tuesday as Pierre took down the Mitchell High School boys soccer team, 3-1.
"We had some unlucky things happen," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "Pierre's second goal was an own goal deflection. Their third goal we misinterpreted the ball as out of bounds, and they got a jump on us as we slowed for a restart."
Despite the mishaps, Kernel goalie Trevor Lambert saved seven shots in the loss.
Offensively, the Kernels (1-8-1) finished with eight shots on goal, including five from Dillon Robinson and two from Mark Novak, who netted Mitchell's only goal of the match.
"Our goal was one for the textbooks as it started from our back line, switched fields through five players and then Novak attacked from the opposite wing," coach Novak said.
Mitchell is back in action on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in Huron against James Valley Christian.
MHS girls held scoreless
PIERRE—The Mitchell High School girls soccer team was held scoreless on Tuesday as Pierre won 5-0.
Pierre scored two goals in the first 10 minutes to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Governors' three-goal second half was highlighted by Emily Mikkelson's two-goal performance.
Caroline Titze still stopped 25 shots for Mitchell (3-5-1) in the loss, though.
"Caroline had an outstanding game in goal," MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. "She had a lot of high quality saves against a very strong attack."
Pierre's defensive pressure held Mitchell's offense in check for most of the night, holding the Kernels to four shots.
"We played a very good Pierre team (Tuesday) and held our own for 70 minutes," Lemon said. "We had to make some defensive adjustments early, but the girls played very hard."
Mitchell plays at Sioux Falls Christian at 6 p.m. on Thursday.