The Mitchell High School girls soccer team earned its fourth win of the season Thursday, taking down Huron 5-0 on senior night at Joe Quintal Field.
"Playing well at home and getting a well deserved win was a boost to us," MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. "We have taken our lumps the past couple of weeks with some very tough games, so it was great to see the girls playing well tonight and having fun."
Lemon put an emphasis on getting out to a fast start, and the Kernels delivered. Mia Mullenmeister and Sam Gerlach both scored in the first 10 minutes.
The Kernels added to their lead in the 33rd minute when Marianna Novak scored, with Emma Hohn netting her goal four minutes later. Seemela Novak added a second-half goal, as well.
"Having five different girls score was evidence of how well they played as a team," Lemon said. "They were really looking for each other out on the field."
Mitchell had chances all day as it outshot Huron 34-3, including 25 shots on goal. Kennedy Knippling, Marianna Novak and Mullenmeister all added an assist, too.
Mitchell (4-7-1) plays Aberdeen Central at 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Aberdeen in the regular-season finale.
MHS boys fall on senior night
It was senior night on Thursday at Joe Quintal Field, but it still resulted in a 4-0 loss for the Mitchell High School boys soccer team to Huron.
"Huron plays an uptempo, high-pressure game, and I was very proud of how our players held with them," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "Our players really flexed to a variety of demands, and they demonstrated a seasoned skill to whatever was asked of them."
Despite the loss, Mitchell goalie Trevor Lambert had a solid outing, saving 35 shots. He kept the deficit to 1-0 at halftime before the Tigers netted three second-half goals to pull away. Mitchell only finished with five shots on goal.
Novak was pleased with Wyatt Haibeck and Payne Falor's defense, as well as Jose Ortiz's versatility.
"In this game (Oritz) played forward, defensive midfielder, and attacking midfielder," Novak said. "Ortiz has a high-tackle percentage, and in a game like this tonight, that was a key skill to repossess the ball."
The Kernels (2-9-1) play Aberdeen Central at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Aberdeen in the regular-season finale.