BROOKINGS – Both of the Brookings soccer teams had impressive nights on Tuesday. The boys beat Mitchell 11-2 and the girls played to a 4-4 draw against the Kernels.
• Brookings 11, Mitchell 2
The Bobcats had 25 shots on goal in an absolute route. Brookings led 5-2 at halftime and shutout the Kernels in the second half.
“I don’t think we knew that we were going to put 11 goals up because I don’t think I’ve ever had a team that’s scored that many in a game. That was really great. Five at the end of the first half was a really big number, especially compared to some of the other teams in the state and what they’ve done. I think our guys wanted to finish the season strong and we know that if we can chances at the top of the box, we have a lot of guys who can finish,” said BHS head coach Steve Binkley.
Derek Brallier, Dawson Peters and Schaffer Vestal each had two goals. Dawson Peters, Junior Eberline, Carter Johnson, James Park and Carl Steinlicht each had a goal.
Brookings had 40 total shots and held Mitchell to eight total shots. The Bobcats did not allow a the Kernels to get a shot off.
Brookings finished the regular season 2-9-1 and will play in the playoffs next week. Binkley said if his team wants to come away with a victory next week they need to play good team defense.
• Brookings 4, Mitchell 4
The Bobcats trailed 4-2 in the second half, but Maddix Archer scored two goals to force a draw.
Mitchell opened the scoring with 17 minutes left in the first half. Brookings would tie the game with two minutes left in the half when Archer hit a penalty kick. It did not take long for the Kernels to retake the lead as they scored one minute later to make it 2-1 at halftime.
With 33 minutes left in the game, Micah Reed tied the game for the Bobcats. Mitchell would then score two goals in the next four minutes to give them a 4-2 lead. Archer scored her second goal with 28 minutes left and completed the hat trick with 25 minutes left.
“The girls were so excited to play today and I think that really showed on the field. We had 15 shots and it was super exciting to score four goals. You always want to score more, but I can’t argue with the chances we had and they really played as a team which was fantastic,” said Bobcat head coach Adam Juba.
The Bobcats had 19 shots and 15 of them were on goal. The Kernels had 12 totals shots and 10 of them were on goal.
Brookings finished the season 2-8-1 and will play in the playoffs next week.