Lebanon girls’ soccer continues to roll

LHS Girls' Soccer

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Lebanon senior Abbey Schmidt (1) and other members of the Yellowjacket soccer team prior to Tuesday’s 11-3 win over New Covenant Academy.


The Lebanon girls’ soccer team is coming off a pair of big wins in recent days as the Yellowjackets posted an 8-0 win over the Crocker Lady Lions during ‘Jacket time, and an 11-3 win over New Covenant in Springfield.

Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said the team played in front of a large crowd on April 13 during an afternoon match at Yellowjacket Stadium in which the students were in attendance to see Alyssa Long record a hat trick for LHS.

“It was a fun atmosphere with all the students there watching and I love that we are able to do that on the turf at the high school,” Jernigan said. “It was a good win and a game that we knew we should have done well in and we took care of business.”

On Tuesday, Lebanon took a 2-0 lead over New Convenant in the first couple of minutes into the contest.

“We were passing the ball really well, maybe as well as we have passed the ball all year,” Jernigan said.

New Convenant made the score 2-1, but LHS came right back to score two more goals and went to the half leading 4-1. The ‘Jackets added two more goals early in the second half to pull ahead 6-1 and went on to play their entire bench in a route.

Alyssa Long and Lexi Wapelhorst each recorded hat tricks, while Baylei Palmer, Mariah Mitchell, Alee Becker, Morgan Lowrance and Abbey Schmidt all scored.

“It was really nice to get that number of goals and it felt nice,” Jernigan said. “We had struggled to put the ball in the back of the net at times this season.”

On Monday, Lebanon lost to Glendale, 3-0, one of the top teams in southwest Missouri.

“We started off the game really well and had two or three chances in the first 10 minutes where either the keeper made the save or we put the shot wide,” Jernigan said. “But I really felt like we were putting pressure on them, which to do against Glendale is a big thing.”

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