Mitchell’s Faith Ledford holds off a Murphy player during the first half of Mitchell’s 5-1 home loss this past Thursday. MNJ photo/David PurtellMitchell’s Elizabeth Honeycutt, 5, and Natalia Pineda, 20, await a corner kick against Murphy this past Thursday in Ledger. Mitchell lost 5-1. MNJ photo/David Purtell

Mitchell soccer looking for complete game

The Mitchell girls’ soccer team this past week dropped three games in a four-day stretch.

Mitchell (1-4) lost 5-1 Thursday to Murphy in Ledger; 7-0 at McDowell March 8; and lost 4-2 March 6 at home to Brevard. 

Mitchell has been dealing with injuries, and starting goalie Brandey Burleson was expected to return Monday after suffering a concussion in the opening game of the season Feb. 28 at Brevard. 

One positive is Mitchell has already scored 10 goals this season – it scored 11 in all of 2016. 

“Going into conference play I expect us to perform better,” said Head Coach Meredith Hoilman. “We are improving. I just feel like if we could get it all together for one game it would be great. We are at least getting the ball in the net.”

Mitchell had opportunities to score against Murphy but was unable to capitalize on those chances. The lone goal for Mitchell came on a curling shot by Elizabeth Honeycutt to tie the game at one midway through the first half. 

Murphy took advantage of its chances as the game progressed. The Lady Mountaineers had plenty of possessions in the second half, but couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Natalia Pineda scored two goals off four shots against Brevard. She leads Mitchell with four goals this season. 

Hoilman said her team is still learning how to play from behind and work together as a team. She is “ready for it all to come together” as the team begins conference play, she said.

The team was scheduled to play Monday at Owen.

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