LHS soccer program having solid summer

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Lebanon junior Evan Rogers makes a pass during a summer scrimmage against the Laquey Hornets on Tuesday evening at ‘Jacket Soccer Field.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have been working hard this summer, according to head coach Matt Jernigan.

On Tuesday, both programs squared off against the Laquey Hornets in a scrimmage at ‘Jacket Soccer Fields.

With the girls’ team playing first, the ‘Jackets defeated the Hornets handily, although there was no official score being kept.

Jernigan mentioned that the dedication of the middle school girls and high school girls have been key.
“The girls are still about eight months away from season, so being able to have the numbers here to have a game like this … I am impressed by the commitment of the younger classes,” he stated. “I thought overall that Katie Merritt played like she always plays, and I think the combination of her and incoming freshman Jaidyn Collins was really impressive (on Tuesday).

“We are going to have find some scoring this year and I really think the duo between Collins and Merritt will help us out.”

In the boys’ game, Lebanon jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead within the first 30 seconds and didn’t look back, beating the Hornets 7-0.

One of the big takeaways from the game was that the team was running a new formation, and according to Jernigan, the team is starting to get a grasp on it.

“Usually when we score goals it is just one person, but (on Tuesday) it was more of a team goal scoring effort, and I felt like our runs on the outside were phenomenal,” he said.

The summer has been filled with lots of conditioning as the team prepares for a season with some high expectations.

“We have played Bolivar and Marshfield and a couple of other teams this summer,” Jernigan said. “The summer has been good, but our numbers have been anywhere from 15-33, and we have some guys we are excited about this year and I think everyone knows we didn’t lose a ton.

“We are excited go to get going and get playing.”

The Lebanon High School boys’ soccer team will open their season on Friday, August 30, hosting their annual home tournament.

The first non-tournament game will be on Tuesday, September 3, against Crocker.

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