The Mitchell High School girls soccer team didn’t match Aberdeen Central’s speed, resulting in a 3-0 loss on Thursday at Joe Quintal Field.
Jordyn Zueger and Megan Fastenau each scored in the final 10 minutes of the first half to put Aberdeen Central up 2-0. Tori Heier netted its final goal of the match with 27 minutes, 45 seconds to play during its 14-shot day.
“We struggled to match Aberdeen's speed of play,” MHS coach Bob Lemon said. “They were able to beat us to a lot of balls, especially in the first half. There were stretches during the game where we were able to match Aberdeen's play, but unfortunately we weren't able to convert that into real scoring threats.”
Caroline Titze still managed to save nine shots in the loss, with Brooke Brewester and Emma Hohn each recording a non-goalie save. Offensively, the Kernels recorded five shots.
“We were not able to generate much offense tonight,” Lemon said. “Aberdeen's defensive pressure limited opportunities and they didn't make any mistakes in the back for us to take advantage of.
Mitchell enters the Class AA state playoffs on Oct. 8 with an 8-4-1 record, having won four of its final six matches.
“At the beginning of the year, one of the goals that we set was to be able to host a playoff game in Mitchell,” Lemon said. “(Next) Tuesday night we will be able to do just that.”