Mitchell High School took one of the top girls soccer teams in the state to the limit, but a late goal gave the Kernels their first loss of the season.

The Kernels kept Yankton at bay for most of Thursday’s contest at Joe Quintal Field, but the Gazelles were able to score in the final two minutes of both halves to leave town with a 2-1 win.

“It is hard to lose a game like this,” MHS head coach Bob Lemon said. “But we are going to use it as a confidence builder as we move forward. We played even with one of the better teams in the state. The girls gave it all they had tonight, it is just disappointing that things ended the way they did.”

Yankton scored with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the first half on a marker by Jaiden Boomsma, but Mitchell (2-1) rallied and tied the game in the second half. Macy Kempf’s direct kick deflected off the crossbar and Mia Mullenmeister scored on a rebound with three Kernels in the area and was ruled a team goal with 11:35 left.

The Gazelles were able to find a way to win, though, as Madison Wuebben scored with 2:06 remaining on the clock.

“The final score is not necessarily an indication of how the game was played,” Lemon said. “Our midfielders were able to pressure them and not give them opportunities to find their forwards. Tonight was a credit to all of the players, regardless of position. Everyone gave it all, there was nothing to hang their heads about.”

Caroline Titze made 13 saves in defeat for Mitchell, which returns to action against Brandon Valley at noon on Saturday in Brandon.