Lebanon — The expectations are high for the Lebanon Tigers girls soccer team this season.
The Tigers return a majority of players from a 8-7-1 team that was 5-2 in the Sagamore Conference.
“We have a really strong team this year,” Lebanon head coach Rachel Becker said. “We have not won the conference before and we want to do that; that is our big goal. We want to have a successful season and continue to build the camaraderie.”
Katie Curtis comes back after scoring 17 goals and having four assists a season ago (both marks led the Tigers).
“We look to her to maintain her success,” Becker said. “She works daily at being a leader and has helped the younger forwards out a lot so far. We are very confident in her abilities.”
Also back is second leading scorer Alexis Kersey, who scored 12 goals last season.
On defense, Becker said the Tigers will turn to senior Elizabeth King for leadership.
“She is our strongest defender and we really have high expectations for our defense this year,” Becker said. “What Katie is to the forwards, Elizabeth has been for the younger defenders. Last season was her best year and we look for her to get even better. She provides really good leadership.”
One key for the Tigers this season will be the depth they have.
“Our skill is the best it has been since I have been the coach here,” Becker said. “The girls work well together on and off the field too. They like being together. There is really good chemistry.”
For more of this story, read Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.