MHS boys soccer drops season finale

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Aberdeen Central's Karson Carda, right, and Mitchell's Kaileb Hubbard, left, go after the ball during the first half of Thursday's match at Swisher Field. (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)

ABERDEEN -- The Mitchell High School boys soccer team ended its season on Thursday, as it fell to Aberdeen Central, 7-0.

“It’s hard to explain, but this final game lifted the team’s energy and hope,” MHS coach Ken Novak said. “Regardless of the score or the season record, we compete to win. Tonight demonstrated how we live out that mission.”

Mitchell’s newly-implemented 4-3-3 formation had it hold the ball up to with its three forwards. It had four upperclassmen in its starting lineup.

“These seniors were 7th graders in my inaugural team,” Novak said. “It was an emotional night that ended with a high note.”

Aberdeen took a 3-0 lead into the half, and then scored four more goals in the second half. Logan Oeklerking made 13 saves and Malachi Branch finished with eight saves in the second half.


Offensively, Mitchell had eight shots. Elijah Novak and Kaileb Hubbard each had two shots for the Kernels.

Mitchell finishes the season 1-11-1.

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