Meet the 'Jackets: Abbey Schmidt

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Abbey Schmidt punts a ball during a high school girls’ soccer game against the Kickapoo Chiefs at Lebanon High School.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon senior goalkeeper Abbey Schmidt has been a huge piece of success for the Lebanon High School girls’ soccer team this spring.

Schmidt, an Evangel soccer signee, has already recorded four shutouts this year after capturing 11 her junior season.

She has recorded two 30 save games and has had multiple 20 save games in 2018.

“Abbey is a rock in goal for us,” Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said. “She makes saves that make you drop your jaw and wonder how it happened, but she is a leader for us, and she controls our defense from the back, and I am glad we have her on our side that is for sure.”

The Daily Record recently caught up with Schmidt to talk to her about the soccer season.

LDR — What would you say some of your strengths are on the soccer field?

Abbey — I would say some of my strengths are my hand-eye coordination which is a huge key in order to be successful as a goalie. I also think that my aggressiveness on the field and that I am not afraid to take chances helps me out and my ability to read where the opposition is going when they have the ball. My leadership on the field is also something that I take a lot of pride in.

LDR — What are specific things you worked on in the offseason?

Abbey — During the offseason I spent a lot of time with my club team (Demize) and was able to play against top competition when we traveled to tournaments in Memphis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia which helped me see some of the best players. I worked on my footwork which includes punts and kicking the ball off the ground and my left-sided dive.

LDR — What are some expectations you have for your team and individual self this spring?

Abbey — As a team, I really just want us grow closer and go out and compete every game at 100 percent. If we can leave the field saying that we gave it our all then I am content with the end result. As for myself, I am wanting to have more shutouts than my junior year which will break the school record for shutouts in a season.

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