TRINITY — After outscoring teams 10-4 in the preseason, Mitchell had a bit more trouble finding the back of the net in the first half of Tuesday's season-opening game against Hudson.
But the Mustangs turned up the energy in the second half and used a 20-2 shot advantage in the second period to notch a 3-1 victory at Mustang Field.
"I think we had some problems going into the game," Mitchell coach Karl Kukec said. "Any time we play a team in (Pasco County) they are out for us, and in the first half it seemed like (Hudson) wanted it much more than we did.
"But it is a work in progress and we will take the win."
It seemed evident in the first half that the Cobras came to play, as they scored the first goal off Karlie Lamphier's 25-yard shot, which bounced off Mustangs goalkeeper Sarah Rhodes' fingertips into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
But Mitchell rallied to tie the score seven minutes later on Shannon Larkin-Estes' goal with 23:14 left before halftime.
The Mustangs, who held a 25-7 overall shot advantage, took their first lead on Jessica Jagielski's second-half penalty shot with 37:35 left.
Mitchell tacked on one more goal from senior forward Marisa Russo with 21:26 left in the second half to extend the lead.