Camdenton, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Danica Brewer scored a pair of goals and Miriam Taylor scored her 40th goal of the season as the Camdenton Lakers defeated Lebanon, 6-1, on Monday in an Ozark Conference soccer match.
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Both teams were without its head coaches as Camdenton head coach J.D. Hunter was away at a funeral and Lebanon head coach Geoff Meiss was out with an illness.
In their place were assistant coaches Jason Ingold (Camdenton) and John Lapusan (Lebanon), who have squared off against each other during the boys' season. Ingold is the Camdenton boys' head coach and Lapusan served in the same role at Lebanon for two years.
"I don't mind stepping in, I enjoy it and have been away from it for a while," Lapusan said. "It is kind of fun to get back in here. I really enjoy coaching the JV team because they are so young and they are willing to learn."
Camdenton took a 3-0 lead in the first half on Monday. Lebanon cut the lead to 4-1 in the second half and the Lakers closed out the scoring with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes. While Taylor has 40 goals more than 100 points this season, Whitney Snow scored her 20th goal of the season on Monday. Also scoring against the 'Jackets were Megan Weber and Hanna Lowther.
Camdenton (14-6-1 overall, 7-3 Ozark Conference) feature three seniors — Snow, Weber and Alycia Buchanan — and a pair of big goal scorers. While Taylor scored her 40th goal and passed the 100 point total on Monday, Snow scored her 20th goal and has more than 60 points. Brewer and Weber each have 11 goals this season.
"We try to play fast and physical," Ingold said. "I felt like Lebanon challenged us physically. They did a great job of putting a body on us. We tried to play wide to use as much of the field as we could. We got some one-on-one matches by doing that, but overall we started both halves slow, then we were able to pick it up at the end of both halves."
The Lakers will return to Lebanon on May 13 when they compete in the Class 3 District 10 tournament. The Lakers are the No. 2 seed and will open against No. 3 seed Waynesville at 3 p.m.
"We haven't been down here in a couple of years and it (the field) is a little different," Ingold said. "It (the field) is a little slow, and longer than a lot of fields we play on (grass wise), but it is also narrow. It was nice to get a good field for it today."
Lebanon senior Emily Starnes scored the 'Jackets goal in the second half. With the loss, Lebanon falls to 2-16 overall and 1-7 in the Ozark Conference. The 'Jackets have home games remaining this week against Hillcrest on Tuesday and Springfield Central on Thursday.
"The girls have been playing a lot better — the score doesn't really reflect it — but we had moments where we played like we are capable of, and other moments we took it easy," Lapusan said. "I am hoping that we get it figured out before districts."
The 'Jackets were awarded the No. 4 seed in district play and will open against No. 1 seeded Jefferson City at 7 p.m. on May 13.
"The girls can be a really good team when they want to be, but they just have to decide what team they want to be," Lapusan said.