ABERDEEN-Mitchell High School went on the road on Thursday to face Aberdeen Central in the girls soccer regular season finale, and Kernel miscues to start both halves resulted in a 3-0 loss.
Some defensive issues early in the first half cost Mitchell a goal, but it was able to regain its footing heading into the half trailing just 1-0. In the first minute of the second half, however, the Golden Eagles scored off a corner kick to take a 2-0 lead.
"They scored off a corner kick in the opening minute of the second and we never really bounced back from that," MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. "The girls played hard tonight against a very skilled team with a lot of speed. I was proud of the effort."
Caroline Titze made 14 saves in goal for Mitchell (4-8-1). The Kernels are currently projected as the No. 16 seed in the Class AA playoffs and would be slated to play No. 1 Pierre on Tuesday.
MHS boys held to three shots
ABERDEEN-The Mitchell High School boys soccer team struggled to stop Aberdeen Central's offense on Thursday, ending in an 8-0 loss.
"The one thing I can say about these young men is that you would never know what the score is based on the high level of effort they consistently give," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "I am proud of their grit and their growth this season."
Aberdeen led 4-0 at halftime, despite Mitchell goalie Trevor Lambert saving 26 shots in the loss.
Offensively, the Kernels recorded three shots, including one on goal. Novak was impressed with the play of center Ben Ziebrath, attacking midfielder Payne Falor and wings Dillon Robinson and Caleb Gebhard.
The Kernels (2-10-1) are currently projected as the No. 16 seed in the Class AA playoffs and would play No. 1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Tuesday if the seeding points hold true.