skip to Main Content

Gibbs Nets Two for Lady Tigers in Senior Night

The Lady Tigers celebrated their seniors on a chilly night at Republic, but it was a freshman who handled the bulk of the scoring.

Jaiden Gibbs scored two of Republic’s three goals in a 3-1 win over conference rival Webb City. Anna Jones––one of nine seniors honored by Republic before the game––scored the other.

Gibbs got the scoring started in the 13th minute when she swept a shot left to right across the face of the goal, off the fingertips of the Webb City keeper and into the net. Jones followed that up a couple of minutes later from about 30 yards out. Her shot, too, went off the fingertips of Webb City’s keeper, and it made the score 2-0.

After Webb City closed the gap to 2-1 on an own-goal by the Lady Tigers in the 23rd minute, neither team was able to score for the remainder of the first half. But about four minutes after halftime, Gibbs scored again. Abbie Hicks charged up the right wing and crossed the ball into the middle. The Webb City keeper grabbed the ball briefly, but it popped loose, and Gibbs was able to poke it home. That made the score 3-1 and ended the scoring for the night.

Before the game, Republic honored its nine seniors: Alexa Baker, Makenzie Chastain, Bella Drennan, Abbie Hicks, Anna Jones, Sierra Judy, Grace Lightfoot, Madi Mitchell, and Jessica Montenegro.

“This senior group is a special group. It’s my first four years here with the program, but I feel like they have really changed the culture to the soccer program and shown the underclassmen how to represent not just the soccer program, but our school,” said coach Kevin Hauck. “They’ve done a great job of that with their leadership since most of them have been freshmen. I think they will be remembered just because of how much they have put into this program and how much they’ve changed the culture for other girls to be able to come in and pick right up where they left off.”

Republic improved to 13-5, a remarkable record given the number of injuries and changes that have roiled the lineup since pre-season practices began. Hauck says that “culture” his seniors have established is a big reason for the continued winning record in the face of adversity.

“The girls work hard for each other. They love playing with each other. And if one girl goes down, another one has just been able to step right back up for them,” he said. “Some of our wins haven’t been pretty wins, but we’re finding ways to be able to battle it out and be in every game that we play and get the win in the end. And that’s all you can ask for.

“And these girls––they want to win, they want to play hard, they want to fight. And by golly, they’re doing a great job.”

Share

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email
Farmers Insurance – The Nathan Dixon Agency has a game plan for all your insurance needs.
Agent Sarah Rader – Save money by combining your home and auto insurance with State Farm.
Heady BBQ Company – Home of the famous Pig Nasty Sandwich!
Black Lab Coffee – Be the Change. Coffee. Breakfast. Lunch. Catering. Delivery. (Previously Heroes Coffee)
VisionHealth Eye Center – Outstanding eye care. Exceptional eyewear!
Pinegar Chevrolet – Pick Pinegar every time!
Yocum Automotive -Republic’s home for complete auto service and computer diagnostics.
Kris Yocum – Republic’s State Farm Insurance Agent
Central Gas Propane – Locally owned, community involved. Call them at 725-3833.
Allstate Agent Jessy Pritchett – Ask about Drivewise, to help you drive safer and lower your cost.
Rocco’s Italian Kitchen – Pizza. Pasta. Perfection.
Republic Glass – Commercial, Residential, Auto – If it’s glass, see us!
NY Life Agent Michael Weeks – Proudly supporting Republic athletics!
Old Towne Event Center – The home of your next great event, right here in Republic.
Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP, CPAs – Proud sponsor of the By the Numbers feature on Republic Tiger Sports.
Absolute Roofing – Click for info on Republic’s roofer.
Farr Better Plumbing – For residential, commercial, or emergency service, they’re your plumber in Republic.
Southern Sun Electric – Call (417) 865-6377 for your electrical needs.
The Bank of Missouri – Your hometown bank supporting the home team!
Mid-Missouri Bank – Click to follow us on Facebook!
Hines Street Pharmacy – Your locally owned neighborhood pharmacy.
Back To Top

Get Republic's Sports Magazine delivered direct to your mailbox.

Subscribe
now

2019-20

Republic Tiger Sports is a one-of-a-kind magazine full of glossy photos, feature stories and interviews, and more. And it’s 100% about Republic. Subscribing to the magazine is one of the best ways to support continuing Republic Tiger Sports coverage, and you can do that now for less than $2 a month.