PIERRE-Mitchell High School had a daunting task Tuesday against Class AA top seed Pierre at Fishback Soccer Complex in the opening round of the South Dakota High School Activities Association girls soccer playoffs.
The Governors entered the game having allowed just seven goals all season, but the Kernels came to play. Pierre controlled possession throughout the game, but Mitchell was able to play stout defense.
In the end, however, the Kernels weren't able to conjure up enough offense as their season came to an end, 2-0.
"This was the best game we played all year," MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. "We were not able to have much possession but we were able to break up their attack over and over again. Pierre has very skilled players and we were able to frustrate them for much of the game."
Despite controlling the pace of play, Pierre only managed one goal in the first half, thanks in part to the play of Mitchell goalkeeper Caroline Titze.
The Governors outshot the Kernels 28-3 for the game, as Titze made 18 saves and limited any rebounds.
"The girls gave everything they had against a very good team," Lemon said. "Caroline had a fantastic game in goal, with some incredible close range saves. She didn't give up second chances."
Mitchell finishes the season 4-9-1.
Mitchell falls at Roosevelt
SIOUX FALLS-The Mitchell boys soccer team ended its season on Monday night after a 9-0 loss to the unbeaten top seed in Class AA, Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
Ben Ziebarth recorded the lone shot on goal for the Kernels, while Trevor Lambert record 15 saves in goal.
"It's been a good season, and sometimes that's difficult for people to see when they look at our record," MHS head coach Ken Novak said. "We fought hard in this game. We talk about growth mindset through the season-we continue to learn and improve."
Mitchell finishes the season 2-11-1.