'Jackets fall to Vikings in OC matchup

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The Lebanon boys’ soccer team fell to the Parkview Vikings on Tuesday at Yellowjacket Stadium, 5-1. Freshman Zach Richards scored the lone goal for the ‘Jackets. Lebanon will host Marshfield next Monday before district play.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School boys’ soccer team had opportunities to score on Tuesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Parkview Vikings but were unable to capitalize for most of the match.

Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said the team just did miss a couple of key chances at the end of the first half.

“We had a couple of chances there late in the first half,” Jernigan said. “We put another freshman (Evan Rogers) up top, and he got us some chances, but most of our shots went just wide.

“It seemed like we had the same amount of opportunities, but they finished theirs, and we didn’t finish ours.”

Parkview’s Chance Levings had himself a day, scoring three goals in the first half, including two that were 30 seconds apart. Levings added his last goal with 10 minutes left in the first half to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead heading into the half.

Right out of the gate in the second half, the ‘Jackets had more chances to score but just couldn’t get a shot to fall.

After multiple Lebanon chances, the Vikings had a run that led to a penalty kick, and Josh Carlson found the back of the net against junior goalkeeper Tanner Wittrock to extend the lead, 4-0.

“We have talked to our guys about mentality,” Jernigan said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is, whether we are winning big or losing big, our effort level cannot change, and it did tonight. That is something as coaches that we have to figure out what to do to fix that.”

Collin Miller added the last goal for the Vikings late in the game, but Lebanon standout freshman Zach Richards continued to impress with a goal of his own with about 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

“He (Zach) has the it factor out of a goal scorer,” Jernigan said. “It hasn’t been just him though. He has had a lot of help from his teammates giving him good balls and pushing up with him to give him chances to score.

“Zach has the ability to finish, and that is something we have lacked for awhile.”

Overall, Jernigan said this wasn’t the way he expected this game to go for his team.

“It was a tough loss,” Jernigan said. “This is a team (Parkview) that we felt like we should have competed with. Earlier on in the year, we lost 3-1 to them in a tournament and felt like we could have done better.

“They have a lot of speed up top, and it hurt us (Tuesday night).”

Jernigan mentioned that attitudes might be a problem for Lebanon right now.

“Right now I think it is a lot of attitudes,” Jernigan said. “We have to get that fixed before we head into district play.”

The ‘Jackets will wrap up their regular season schedule by hosting Marshfield on Monday, October 16. Lebanon will compete in the Missouri Class District 9 Boys’ Soccer Tournament on October 24. Drawing the No. 4 seed, the ‘Jackets will take on the top-seeded Kickapoo Chiefs in the first round of district play.

“Kickapoo is a phenomenal program,” Jernigan said. “We have never beaten them in the history of our program, and we know we have a big challenge ahead, but when you look at the tape, in the second half, I feel like we had our opportunities against them.”

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