Kernel boys drop first-round match to Washington

Daniel Dutra, of Mitchell, kicks the ball away from Kevin Hernandez, Sioux Falls of Washington, during Tuesday's first round soccer playoffs in Sioux Falls. (Michael Brown / For The Daily Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Sioux Falls Washington netted three first-half goals, powering it to a 5-1 win over the Mitchell High School boys soccer team on Tuesday.

The 16th-seeded Kernels drew even at 1-all in the first round of the Class AA state playoff game when Dillon Robinson scored on a ball played by Daniel Durta.

“There was a 1-1 period during this game, and I think we all could feel an energy lift us,” Mitchell coach Ken Novak said.

However, Washington added two more goals before halftime, then another pair after the break. Trevor Lambert finished with 24 saves in the loss.

Mitchell recorded three shots, finishing the season 2-11-1. No. 1 seed Washington plays Sioux Falls Lincoln in the quarterfinals.


“There is so much potential on this team, and the challenge will be to fill all our positions with the student-athletes who bring a honed talent to the pitch and a determination to become better and better,” Novak said. “The hope I have in these young men is to become one of the state’s competitive teams is not just shallow wish, but a deep conviction in the tenacity and character I have seen as they play all 80 minutes of the match.”

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