Lebanon girls’ soccer team hosts Jamboree


The Lebanon girls’ soccer team hosted their annual jamboree today at Lebanon High School.

The jamboree consisted of four teams (Bolivar, Crocker, Lebanon, Marshfield) and every team played each other once during a 25 minute half.

“I was surprised,” Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said after the jamboree. “The girls’ worked their tails off, and I told them coming into today that playing in a jamboree is all about effort level and making sure that we are up there.

“The touch isn’t there yet because we have only been playing for two weeks, but to see the way that they worked today was nice.”

Lebanon started the day off with a 3-0 victory against Crocker, proceeded to draw 1-1 with Marshfield and capped the day off with a 1-0 loss to Bolivar to finish with a 1-1-1 record.

“In the first game against Crocker, we were able to get the ball forward early … Katie Brandon was able to put one away, and Baylei Palmer played great on the outside. In the second game, I thought our freshman keeper (Riley McKinney) played well, but I felt like our effort went down a little bit in that one.

“Last year Bolivar was about two minutes away from making it to state, and they are a solid squad every year, and we had a miscommunication issue between our back and keeper. That is something we can learn from.”

Jernigan pointed out that some notable players from today were freshman defender Alyson Johnson and Palmer.

“I thought Alyson (Johnson) played extremely well,” Jernigan said. “She has been stepping up and has done what we have asked of her. Then I thought Baylei (Palmer) on the outside played phenomenally.”

The ‘Jackets were without three of their top players on Saturday, but Jernigan felt like it was good to get some players experience before the season started.

“Being able to get some girls a good feel around the game and were able to get some JV girls in there and let them play on the turf made for a good day,” Jernigan said.

Lebanon will open up their regular season on Friday against Crocker at 4 p.m. on the turf field in the first round of the Lebanon girls’ varsity soccer tournament.

“I think this week during practice will be all about calming down,” Jernigan said. “I think just getting a little crisper will be the biggest thing.”


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