Lebanon wins home finale against Logan-Rogersville

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Lebanon sophomore Lydia Long throws a ball in during a high school girls’ soccer game earlier this season. Lebanon defeated the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats on Monday night, 4-2 in their final regular season home game. 

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

In their final home game of the 2018 season, the Lebanon High School girls’ soccer team won their third straight game, defeating the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats on Monday night at ‘Jacket Stadium, 4-2.

Lebanon (11-9-1) got on the board early, as they controlled most of the possession throughout most of the first half. Senior Alyssa Long got loose behind the Wildcats’ defense and was able to beat the goalkeeper to give LHS a 1-0 lead.

Late in the first half with 13 minutes remaining, Long scored her second goal of the game to give the ‘Jackets a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Wildcats would not go away quietly, as Brooke Nixon scored just two minutes into the second half to cut the deficit to one.

Minutes later, Logan-Rogersville would square the game up after converting a corner kick that bent around to find a way into the goal.

Despite allowing the Wildcats to crawl back into the game, Lebanon kept their composure and didn’t fold as senior Britny Baker gave LHS the lead back with 15 minutes remaining in the contest as a powerful shot found the back of the net and was able to beat the keeper to get the ‘Jackets back on track.

Long would convert her third hat trick of the season to cap the scoring after a nice pass on a corner kick from Baker was headed in from Long for her 22nd goal of the season.

“Alyssa's goal on the corner kick was special,” Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said. “Baylei Palmer did a great job pressuring their back and getting us the corner and Britny sent in a great ball.  Britny and Alyssa have been wanting one of those header goals on a corner all season, and it happened at a perfect time to get us some needed breathing room with the two-goal lead.”

The Wildcats would have a couple more chances on goal, but the Lebanon defense and goalkeeper Abbey Schmidt (14 saves) held strong to close the game out.

“Rogersville is a good team and has some threats,” Jernigan said. “Their No. 4 up top is a really good player and can keep them in games. Once they got those two to tie it up early in the second half, I thought our girls did a great job not getting down and fighting back. It would have been easy to check out at that point, but we didn't.
 
“We had moments where you could see how good we can be. Like in all games, we had some mistakes, but I thought our girls’ mindset was right to keep pushing through those mistakes and getting a good win against a quality team.”

The junior varsity played just one half with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. Scoring for Lebanon was Onyx Carroll.

The ‘Jackets are slated to travel to Hillcrest on Tuesday to take on the Hornets in their final regular season game.

“All Ozark Conference games are tough, and we know there aren’t any easy wins in our conference,” Jernigan said. “We know Hillcrest will be really aggressive and pressure us hard. They haven't won a lot of games this year, but they have had some good performances against good teams. We want to be able to move the ball and create some scoring chances for ourselves. Our defense is always looking for a shutout, and we feel like with the defense we have and our keeper that is always something that we want to push for.”

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