Ken Novak didn’t believe the Mitchell High School boys soccer team was overmatched on Tuesday at Joe Quintal Field in a 4-1 loss to Brookings.

The Kernels efficiently countered from midfield and were able to refocus after drawing fouls. Although, the Bobcats managed to take a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. They earned one of their goals on a penalty kick.

"Overall I am most impressed with our evolution as a competitive team,” Novak said. “There is no doubt we want to earn more wins, but if you come watch these boys play, we are in the game.”

Daniel Durta netted the Kernels’ only goal in the second half. Brookings responded with two second-half goals, too.

In the loss, Mitchell received a solid effort from Oliver Zuniga, per Novak.

“His ability to win challenges and then penetrate the space with a dribble gives us such an advantage in the wings and on the backline,” Novak said. “He creates space where there is seemingly no space."

Mitchell (2-9-1) concludes the regular season against Aberdeen Central at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Joe Quintal Field.