YANKTON -- The Mitchell girls soccer team scored four goals in the first half to carry them to a 7-1 win over Yankton on Thursday.

Mia Mullenmeister scored the first goal for the Kernels while Taryn Thomas scored two goals in a two-minute span giving Mitchell an early 3-0 lead. Rylee Jennings scored the fourth goal for the Kernels nearly 13 minutes before the end of the first half.

In the second half, Kassedy Knippling and Kenzi Kayl each scored a goal, while Mullenmeister scored her second goal of the game. Goalkeeper’s Alexa Chapman had six saves and Tenley Peterson had five saves. Mitchell girls soccer head coach Bob Lemon said it was a big win for the Kernels and they played hard throughout the entire game.

“Our defense played a very solid game,” Lemon said. “They were able to deny Yankton any real serious scoring threats, blocking a lot of shots before they could even reach the goalkeeper. We wanted to be able to control the ball and switch the attack, and the girls did that very well. It is always nice to get a win on the road, especially in the ESD which is such a tough conference for girls soccer.”

Yankton’s Katherine Beeman scored the one lone goal for the Gazelles.

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The Mitchell girls soccer team (5-4) faces two Eastern South Dakota Conference rivals next week. Mitchell travels to Brandon Valley at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 and hosts Brookings at 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Joe Quintal Field.