Mount Vernon girls’ soccer started slowly in its season and home opener on Saturday against Mansfield Christian, eventually falling 2-1.
Although the Yellow Jackets (0-1) had possession for the majority of the first half, they could only manage one shot. The Flames (1-0) took six shots, and one of those, by Olivia Bekeleski, found the back of the net to give Mansfield Christian a 1-0 lead.
Mount Vernon took the ball into Flames’ territory much more often in the second half, doubling Mansfield Christian’s shots in the period, 8-4. McKenna Brokaw knotted the score at 1 with her first goal of the season from the left side, drilling it through the right corner of the net.
The Jackets also had two breakaways in the game, but the Flames’ goalkeeper was able to deflect away Lexi Rapp’s shot without a score. Bekeleski provided Mansfield Christian with the game-winning goal with about 20 minutes left in the contest.
Mount Vernon’s second half left them only one shot down on the Flames for the game, 10-9. Emily DePolo made eight saves.
Mount Vernon will play its first road game at Galion at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.