The Mitchell High School girls soccer team put on a strong offensive display in Friday’s 4-0 season-opening win over Sturgis at Joe Quintal Field.
The Kernels netted two goals in each half, with two players starting their season with a two-goal match. Mia Mullenmeister scored both of Mitchell’s goals in the first half, while Ava Zilla netted a pair after the break.
“As our leading scorer from last season, teams are going to be keying on Mia, so it was great to see Ava step up and score the goals she did,” Mitchell coach Bob Lemon said. “We are looking forward to see how the team develops in all phases of the game.”
Helped by a strong defensive effort, Mitchell was able to possess the ball and keep Sturgis away from goalie Caroline Titze. She only had to make three saves in the win as Mitchell outshot the Scoopers, 12-3.
Meanwhile, Seemela Novak assisted on Mullenmeister’s first goal and Zilla’s first goal came off Grace Endorf’s corner kick.
“Today we were able to possess the ball and apply good pressure throughout the game,” Lemon said. “There are things that we will take from this game as we move forward, but we were happy with the overall effort. The defense was solid, and we were able to possess the ball for good portions of the game.”
The Kernels are back in action at 11 a.m. today against Spearfish at Joe Quintal Field.
“Spearfish will present us with different challenges, so we hope to take the lessons of this first game and continue to make progress,” Lemon said. “Everyone made a contribution. It was good to see the starters and reserves work hard throughout the game.”