Lebanon routs West Carrollton to open GWOC South play

LEBANON — The Lebanon High varsity girls soccer team did not give West Carrollton a friendly welcome to the Greater Western Ohio Conference.

The three-time defending South Division champion Warriors pummelled the Pirates in their first GWOC game, 11-1 on Monday, Aug. 30.

Seven different Warriors scored — led by four goals from senior Sidney Huth — as the Warriors improved to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in GWOC South play.

“This was a good game for us to work on some things and get ready for the rest of the season,” Lebanon coach Bruce Bingham said. “I was happy with the way things came together for us. Things we’ve been working on in practice, we put together on the field, especially in the first half.

“We strung passes together, made runs to open space and communicated. Those are the things we’ve been working on all through the pre-season, and it was good to see them put to use on the field.”

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Lebanon’s midfield of Tonya Frasik, Erika McDaniel, Hannah Sparks and Megan Fennessey dominated possession throughout the game. Frasik opened the scoring with a left-footer from outside the box just five minutes into the contest. Huth then scored three times in a span of six minutes — on assists from Frasik and Fennessey – to blow the game open.

But, the Warriors weren’t done scoring as Sara Robinson added a goal at the 23 minute mark, Huth added a fourth goal and Morgan York scored four minutes before the half ended to give Lebanon a 7-0 lead at the break.

Hannah Sparks, Bre Bogaert, York and McDaniel all scored in the second half to cap Lebanon’s scoring.

Goalkeeper Jamie Heberling didn’t allow a goal before being subbed out in the second half and the defense — led by Emily Sibcy, Bailey Benoit and Lauren Weimer — held a clean sheet until the final 34 seconds when West Carrollton’s Anna Liebold found the net.

“We’ve worked all summer on giving a hundred percent effort all the time and this game was like practice,” Sparks, who finished with a goal and an assist, said. “This was a confidence builder. We’ll be able to build off of the way we played tonight for the rest of the season. It was fun.”

Lebanon, who opened the season with a loss to Centerville and a 2-1 win over Loveland, faces another tough task on Saturday, Sept. 4, when it hosts Northmont at 7 p.m..

Contact this reporter at (513) 696-4526 or shayes@coxohio.com.

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