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Mitchell girls blank Patriots in opener

Mitchell's Lily Peterson takes a shot during a high school girls soccer game against Douglas on Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

The Mitchell High School girls soccer team started its season with an impressive 6-0 win over Douglas/Rapid City Christian on Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.

“It’s always good to start with a win,” Mitchell head coach Bob Lemon said. “To really improve as the game went on, I think that was really the key (Saturday).”

Caroline Titze was in goal for the Kernels (1-0) and started the season with a clean sheet. She finished with five saves.

Offensively, Mitchell had 40 shots, including a team-high 10 shots from Sam Gerlach. She and Mia Mullenmeister both netted multiple goals for the Kernels.

Gerlach gave Mitchell a 2-0 lead in the first half, then scored again in the second half. Mullenmeister, who had nine shots, scored both of her goals in the second half.

“We talked before the game that possession was going to be critical and key because that’s one of our goals for the year,” Lemon said. “In the second half, we certainly controlled a lot more of the play, and I think the scoreboard showed with that.”

Seemela Novak scored the Kernels’ first goal of the season, and Emma Hohn recorded Mitchell’s first goal of the second half.

Mitchell plays at Yankton at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Kernels boys’ rally falls short

Goals were hard to come by on Saturday as Douglas/Rapid City Christian defeated Mitchell, 2-1, at the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.

Despite the loss, Mitchell head coach Ken Novak was pleased with his team’s performance, singling out goalie Trevor Lambert’s performance. Lambert saved four of the six shots he faced. Douglas scored a goal in each half.

“Trevor Lambert is incredible,” Novak said. “He’s a fantastic goalie, and he’s one of the best, I think, in the state. When you’re playing with a caliber of a goalie like that, it’s another great advantage.”

The Kernels (0-1) were held scoreless in the first half, then Dillon Robinson scored their first goal of the season. Mark Novak recorded the assist. As a team, Mitchell had 12 shots, with six on goal.

“Obviously we were thinking win, and it’s a hard one to lose,” Novak said. “Stats-wise, they did fantastic, and they had a lot of technical mastery out there. We’re possessing well, we’re way ahead of where we were last year.”

MItchell plays at Yankton at 6 p.m. Thursday.