Lebanon soccer defeats Kickapoo for first time

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon sophomore Quinton Doughty (13) fights for a ball during a game against the Sullivan Eagles earlier this season. LHS defeated Kickapoo for the first time in program history on Tuesday, 1-0.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

In what is undoubtedly the biggest win in the history of the Lebanon High School boys’ soccer program, the Yellowjackets traveled to Kickapoo on Tuesday and defeated the Chiefs, 1-0.

According to head coach Matt Jernigan, he believes it is the first time that LHS has ever defeated Kickapoo in boys’ soccer.

Towards the end of the first half, LHS (8-3 overall, 2-0 Ozark Conference) made a good run with standout junior Zach Richards leading the charge and got by a defender of the Chiefs and into the box before contact was made, and the Yellowjackets were awarded a penalty kick.

A decision loomed large for Jernigan with who he wanted to take the penalty kick, but ultimately, he went with senior Ethan Murray who buried the kick into the back of the net and scored the only goal of the contest.

“Zach Richards is a real threat up top for us and had several opportunities, but Kickapoo's keeper did a great job stopping those chances,” Jernigan said. “Ethan Murray has been doing really well with PKs for the last two years, and he is a senior, so I knew he would want this opportunity against Kickapoo. He took a perfect PK and scored it.”

Behind a dominant performance from senior goalkeeper Zach Jamieson and the rest of the teams defense (Murray, Cameron Fisher, Evan Rogers, and Austin Barber), Lebanon pulled off what seemed to be an improbable upset against a Kickapoo team that is coming off a Final Four appearance in 2017 and lost just 1-0 to a talented Ozark team last year in the district championship game.

“It was a really good night for our program,” Jernigan stated. “Our boys played well and had to battle all night long. Kickapoo is, of course, a really good team. They dominated the possession, but we were able to defend really well all night. I thought Zach Jamieson played really well tonight in goal. Kickapoo had some excellent opportunities, but Zach was able to keep them out of the net. We have been really focusing on defending as a team and taking pride in shutouts, so to get the shutout against Kickapoo was awesome.

“I think our defensive rotations were really good. We have been working on how to defend as a team, and I think that is what kept us in the game. We also transitioned really well when we got the chance. We had several chances through the night, and that came through our transition attack.”

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