Meet the 'Jackets: Alyssa Long

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Alyssa Long looks to score during a high school girls’ soccer game against the Marshfield Blue Jays at Lebanon High School.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

When it comes to scoring, senior Alyssa Long has made a name for herself in the Ozark Conference.

Long will be looked upon to score consistently for the ‘Jackets after losing a large amount of goals from a year ago, and so far she has stepped up and already found the back of the net 11 times this season.

As a junior, Long scored 21 goals and had six assists and has been a varsity starter all four years for the 'Jackets. She earned second team All-Ozark Conference honors last season.

“She (Alyssa) is a speedster up top for us and puts so much pressure on the opposing teams back line,” Lebanon head coach Matt Jernigan said. “A lot of times she will get goals from the pressure she puts on them.”

The Daily Record recently caught up with Long to talk to her about the soccer season.

LDR — What would you say some of your strengths are on the soccer field?

Alyssa — I’m a vocal player on the field and consider myself to be a strong leader on the field for my teammates. I also like to take advantage of my speed and use it score goals and find my team when they’re open.

LDR — What are specific things you worked on this offseason?

Alyssa — This offseason I spent a lot of time working on my ball work and finishing. I played some indoor and club ball that helped me see some good competition and I also worked on putting away my penalty kicks.

LDR — What are some expectations you have for your team and individual self this spring?

Alyssa — My goals and expectations this year are that I am hoping to score more goals than I did my junior year. It is something that I have really worked on and is something that I really want to get to. As a team, I think are expectations are high. We lost some good players from last year, but I know that we have the players who are ready to help rebuild this team.

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