Glendale blanks Lebanon in district semifinals

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The Lebanon boys’ soccer team fell to the Glendale Falcons in the semifinal match of the Missouri Class 3 District 10 tournament, 10-0. Lebanon ends their season with a 7-17 record.


SPRINGFIELD — The Lebanon boys’ soccer team saw their season come to an end on Monday night with a 10-0 loss to the Glendale Falcons in the semifinal match of the Missouri Class 3 District 10 tournament at Glendale High School.

In their regular season matchup, the ‘Jackets held tough dropping the match 3-1, but LHS saw a completely different Falcons team on Monday.

“Glendale is a good team,” head coach Matt Jernigan said. “The first time we played them, they had just lost their top scorer and one of their best players and were trying to figure things out. I think they started to click last week and were hitting on all cylinders when we played them in districts. They are going to be hard to beat for any team through the postseason.

“Also, playing at their place on the turf was a lot different than our place on the grass field. The turf really showed their skill and speed.”

Lebanon held steady for the first ten minutes of the game, but Glendale senior Max Elmer was able to score one of his three goals in the first half to put the Falcons on the board first. Ryan Long, Grant Compere, Charlie Spinelli, and Zane Wimmer also added goals of their own to take a 7-0 lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, Glendale scored three goals to enforce the mercy rule, ending the game.

Despite the loss, Jernigan said his team showed a lot of character and heart fighting until the final whistle.

“I thought that our boys kept battling despite the score,” he mentioned. “In a game like that, you always worry about your team giving up, but I don't think our boys did. They fought for as long as they were on the field.”

Lebanon (7-17 overall) recorded their most wins in a season since 2013 and had milestones this fall.

“We gave up fewer goals than last year and scored more goals,” Jernigan said. “That is what we want to do every year. Beating Camdenton was a highlight of the year. It was the first time in over a decade so that just shows that we are headed in the right direction.

“We didn't do everything we wanted to do this year, but I thought the boys battled through the year and got some good wins against some quality opponents. It is a process, but I think the boys understand that we will get there if they are willing to put in the work.”

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