Lebanon Reporter

Local Sports

August 21, 2012

Lots of positives in defeat for Tigers in season opener

Indianapolis — It wasn’t a win for the Lebanon Tigers girls soccer team in its season opener against Pike Saturday afternoon, but there were a lot of positives to take away from the game.

The Tigers played the Red Devils — one of the stronger teams on their schedule — to a 1-1 tie at the half, before giving up two goals in the second half to fall 3-1.

“This was a really good game; it was really good to see them play hard to start the season,” Lebanon head coach Rachel Becker said. “A lot of little things that are usually issues at the start of the season weren’t today and I am happy about that. We obviously have work to do, it is the beginning of the season, but I am confident in our ability to fix some of these problems.”

Pike put a lot of pressure on the Lebanon side of the field from the opening kick, but the Tiger goalkeeper Stephanie Smith and the back line did a good job of preventing a lot of good scoring chances.

“We were pretty well organized and were able to fix little situations as they happened,” Becker said of her defense. “There were a couple loose balls back in the 18, so we want to clean up some of that, but I am happy with how they played. Pike is a fast team and we are happy to be able to contain them.”

For more of this story, read Tuesday’s Lebanon Reporter.

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