Sep. 15—Mia Mullenmeister scored three times Tuesday, including a direct kick off the opening whistle, to lead Mitchell to a 3-0 win over Sioux Falls Christian at Joe Quintal Field.
Mitchell thoroughly outpaced the Chargers, outshooting them 24-2 and earning five corner kicks to SFC's zero. Tenley Peterson and Alexa Chapman shared goaltending duties, each making a save.
Mullenmeister, a sophomore, now has 15 goals in eight games this season, which leads qualifying goal-scorers in the state of South Dakota.
"Tonight, the girls played a complete game, controlling every aspect of the game," Mitchell coach Bob Lemon said. "We were able to move the ball from one side of the field to the other, switching the attack which really tested their defense."
Lemon commended the effort of the defense in the shutout, which was Mitchell's fourth of the season. Each win the Kernels have logged in 2021 has been in a clean-sheet effort.
"We were able to cut off attacks before they had an opportunity to make a scoring threat," he said. .... We talked before the game how this was going to be a big game for us in terms of using it as a springboard for the rest of the season."
Mitchell (4-4) will take on Yankton at 6 p.m. Thursday at Crane-Youngworth Field, as Mitchell approaches the stretch run of the season. After Thursday, just four games remain in the regular season, which ends Sept. 30. As of Tuesday, Mitchell was 11th in seed points, just ahead of Yankton in 12th.
"Thursday brings another big test for us against Yankton, so we need to be prepared to bring the same level of intensity and play," Lemon said.
Vermillion squeaks past Mitchell boys, 1-0
Mitchell's bid for its first win of the season skipped away Tuesday at Joe Quintal Field, as Vermillion pulled out a 1-0 victory in boys soccer.
The Tanagers earned a second half goal to claim its second win of the season. No stats were reported from the match.
It was the lowest scoring match of the season for Mitchell (0-8), which now heads to Yankton for a 4 p.m. conference match on Thursday, Sept. 16.