Lebanon soccer hopes for a district championship repeat

LHS Girls' Soccer

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Lebanon senior Lexi Wapelhorst (18) holds several school records at LHS including career goals scored. The Lebanon girls’ soccer team is coming off its first district championship in school history.


One year after going 13-14 and capturing its first district championship in school history, the Lebanon girls’ soccer team returns a host of talented and experienced players.

The ‘Jackets will have to replace Becca Tucker, who is now playing at Evangel, and Lily Woolsey, who was a senior leader last year, among others, but head coach Matt Jernigan says several players are ready to step into new roles.

“Last season was definitely a memorable one,” he said. “We got to get some playoff experience in this group so we are excited about that. We lost some great seniors in Becca Tucker, who is playing soccer at Evangel along with several other seniors as well. Lily Woolsey was a great leader for us last year so we need others to step up and take that role over.”

However, Lebanon has left a district that featured one team with a winning record for one that figures to much more difficult on paper. Ozark was 20-4 last season, while Kickapoo was 21-4-2.

“We got put in a very difficult district and our girls know we will have to play our best soccer if we want to advance out of one of the best districts in the area,” Jernigan said.

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