Brookings struck first, but the Mitchell High School girls soccer team had an answer on Tuesday at Joe Quintal Field. The Kernels came away with a 2-1 win.

Mitchell outshot the Bobcats 9-4, with goalie Caroline Titze recording three saves in the Kernels’ second straight win.

“This was a huge win for the girls team,” MHS coach Bob Lemon said. “The way that they fought back through the game to pull out a victory was a testimony to their character and heart.”

Brookings’ Maddix Archer scored the game’s first goal, but Mia Mullenmeister tied it up less than two minutes later. Grace Endorf assisted on her goal, which brought the game to 1-all heading into the break.

In the second half, Mullenmeister added her second goal, which was unassisted.

“Tonight the girls played hard for the entire 80 minutes,” Lemon said. “The difference in the game came down to Mia being able to finish her breakaway opportunities.”

Lemon credited Endorf and Macy Kempf for their efforts in the midfield. Meanwhile, Brookings narrowly missed a couple of scoring chances.

“We caught a couple breaks in the second half when two Brookings shot attempts slid just by the post,” Lemon said. “While Caroline didn't get a hand on either shot, her positioning forced the offensive player to alter her shot, and sometimes that is all it takes.”

Mitchell (8-3-1) concludes the regular season at 4 p.m. Thursday at Joe Quintal Field against Aberdeen Central.