Tigers News · Lady Tigers Soccer defeats Benton Central 10-0.

Lady Tigers get big win

  • By Will Willems will.willems@reporter.net
    Lebanon — Heading into arguably their toughest stretch of the season, the Lebanon girls soccer team got a big win at home Monday night. The Tigers topped Benton Central 10-0 to win their third-straight game.  “The field effected the play a little bit early, and that is something we talked about,” Lebanon head coach Nick Hyatt said. “I thought the girls adjusted well about midway through the first half. (Kirstin) Byrd is starting to finish her chances, and ended up with a hat trick, and I am really happy with freshman Riley Jump, who had her first career hat trick in the match too.” Byrd and Jump combined for six of the 10 Lebanon goals on the night.  Sara Hammerle, Lilly Haines, Madison Maher and Alyna Sell also scored for the Tigers, who improved to 6-1-1 on the season. Coming into the year, Hyatt knew he had strong depth up top with Byrd, Haines and Maher all back after big goal-scoring years, but Jump’s emergence in the past few weeks has been a big boost to the team.  “(Riley) has good pace and she is really coachable,” Hyatt said. “She is really strong on the ball too. She looks to switch the ball, so that opens some things up for us, and obviously she can finish. She has a lot of really good qualities and I think she has a promising future ahead of her.” After having nearly a week in between games because of the weather, the Tigers will now have four in nine days in a stretch that will decide the Sagamore Conference title. With a tough stretch coming up, Hyatt said it was good for his team to have a straight-forward game, where they could rotate players and make sure they are ready to go for this big stretch. “The big thing from today is that we had no injuries,” Hyatt said. “We were able to play all the girls that were here and they all got substantial time. Every girl that got on the field contributed in some way, and we got another shutout, which is nice.”The Tigers host Tri-West Wednesday night, then travel to Pike on Thursday. They then host Danville Monday, Sept. 17 and Frankfort on Wednesday, Sept. 19.  Danville is currently 4-0 in the conference, with Lebanon, Tri-West and Frankfort all 2-0. Danville and Tri-West have combined to win the last 11 conference titles.  Lebanon and Frankfort have never won the conference since they started playing in 2001.  Hyatt said the key for the difficult stretch will be to stay healthy and to focus one game at a time.  “Staying healthy is really the big thing so that we can field the strongest side we possibly can,” Hyatt said. “We have to be smart on set pieces too, both defensively and attacking wise. Then we have to make sure we are clinical in front of the net and take care of our chances. We clearly have players that can score, we just need to do it starting Wednesday.”