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Second-half goal downs MHS girls

The Mitchell High School girls soccer team was held scoreless for the first time this season in a loss to Brandon Valley.

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BRANDON -- Mitchell and Brandon Valley combined for 29 shots on goal on Saturday, though goals were still hard to come by in a 1-0 girls soccer win for the Lynx.

“We knew coming into this season that this week might be one of the tougher ones on our schedule,” MHS coach Bob Lemon said. “It has been a good test for us. We didn't get the results we were hoping for and we still have work to do, but now we know that we can face the best and stand up to them for a full game.”

Neither team could find the back of the net in the first half, but Mia Mullenmeister and Marianna Novak each came close for the Kernels.

The game remained scoreless until Julia Kreutner scored off a corner kick past Caroline Titze in the second half. Titze finished with 18 saves.

“Caroline made some amazing saves, especially in the second half to keep us close,” Lemon said. “It was ironic that the weakest shot they took all day was able to find the back of the net.”

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A halftime adjustment allowed the Kernels to disrupt Brandon Valley’s offensive attack, leading to more possession.

It resulted in Macy Kempf having a scoring opportunity off of a corner kick before it was cleared by a Lynx defender. Mitchell finished with 10 shots on goal, despite being held scoreless for the first time this season.

“In the first half they moved the ball almost at will and we really were not able to disrupt their play much at all,” Lemon said. “We made a tactical adjustment at half with our midfielders, and the second half we did a much better job of disrupting their attack and maintaining some possession.”

Mitchell (2-2) plays Douglas/Rapid City Christian on Saturday in Rapid City.

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