Lebanon soccer defeats Osage, falls to Crocker

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Lebanon senior Baylei Palmer (15) dribbles the ball down the field during a high school girls’ soccer game against the Crocker Lions earlier this season. Lebanon defeated Osage on Tuesday, 4-0, but fell to Crocker on Thursday, 4-3.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Lebanon was on the pitch at home on Tuesday night, and the Yellowjackets did not forget to bring their offense along with them in a 4-0 shutout win over the Osage Indians.

In the win over the Indians, Lebanon got on the board with a goal from Katie Merritt off a cross from Alyson Johnson on a corner kick.

“Osage is a good team who have had good results against quality opponents,” Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said. “We knew coming in that scoring first would be big.

“We managed to score first on that corner play that we have been working on. It was a beautiful cross from Alyson and Katie made a run to that back post and made a nice finish.”

Later in the half, Lebanon got a goal from senior Baylei Palmer after she managed to beat the defense and score on a fast break.

In the second half, Palmer and Merritt both netted a goal to cap the scoring and helped Lebanon get the shutout victory.

“She (Baylei) just works her tail off,” Jernigan mentioned. “Not many people score that goal because not many people are willing to work as hard as she does.

“I thought the midfield played really well. We possessed the ball and kept it on their end, and that was a nice shutout by our defense and goalkeeper Riley McKinney.”

The ‘Jackets were coming off a four-game losing streak after being beaten by Parkview in a regular season game, and going 0-3 at the Parkview Showcase this past weekend.

“We had five games in a week during that losing stretch,” Jernigan said. “We didn’t play our best soccer that game (against Parkview in the showcase), and Saturday we lost to a good Duchesne team, and that will probably be one of the best teams we see all year, and played competitively with them.

“Saturday afternoon we lost to Lutheran, and I just don’t think our legs were there. They (Lutheran) got a goal off a corner after a questionable call, so we didn’t win any games in that one, but I thought we saw some good competition which is good.”

On Thursday, Lebanon fell to the Crocker Lions at home, 4-3. The ‘Jackets faced an early 3-0 deficit in the first half, but goals from Merritt and Skyler Hough late in the first half got LHS right back into the game.

In the second half, Crocker scored on a breakaway opportunity after the ‘Jackets defense was caught off-guard, and Palmer found the back of the net late in the second half to bring Lebanon down by just one goal but was unable to tie the game.

The JV team defeated Crocker 1-0 in a half only contest with Tyra Rogers scoring the only goal in the game.

Lebanon was scheduled to travel to Laquey on Friday and will host Glendale at home on Monday.

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