Meet the 'Jackets: Christian Richards

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Lebanon senior Christian Richards is expected to take on a big role in his first season with the Lebanon boys soccer team, according to head soccer coach Matt Jernigan.


Lebanon senior Christian Richards is ready to make an immediate impact for the Lebanon boys’ soccer team this fall.

Richards, a move-in from Tabernacle Christian Academy, had a solid game for the ‘Jackets in a friendly match against Marshfield on Tuesday at Lebanon High School.

“He (Christian) is just a very talented kid,” Lebanon head boys’ soccer coach Matt Jernigan said. “He is left-footed and will see a lot of time for us this season.

“I think that sticks about him the most is his hard work and is a great kid. He has been to a lot of our stuff this summer and has proven himself that he won’t be just a good player for us, but a leader too.”

Richards will look to help improve a Lebanon team that won just three games a season ago, but with a solid incoming freshman class and a talented senior class, expectations are high for Jernigan and his squad.

The Daily Record recently caught up with Richards to talk to him about coming to Lebanon High School and the upcoming soccer season.

LDR – What are some of your strengths on the soccer field?

Richards – I think my biggest strength is being able to see the field and where the ball needs to go. Another strength is my speed and technical ability, such as shooting and passing.

LDR – What are some things you have tried to work on during the offseason?

Richards – I’ve worked a lot on the technical side of my game as an individual. There’s been a huge difference in the quality of my shooting and dribbling as a result of that. As a team, our focus is really working together, moving the ball quickly, and excelling on the offensive opportunities.

LDR – How do you see yourself fitting in with the soccer team this year after moving from Tabernacle?

Richards – I see myself coming in and helping the team in any way I can. I know there is a big spot to fill on offense and defense, and I hope I can hep the team. I played with most of these guys when we played in LSA (Lebanon Soccer Association), so we already have great chemistry and know each other pretty well.

LDR – How have you adapted since moving into the Lebanon R-3 School District?

Richards – I have adapted really well to the new school. It is a great high school, and I really have enjoyed all the people in it. I am actually pretty sad to only come my senior year, but I still hope to have a great impact on this team and to make some great friends.

LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your soccer career and why?

Richards – My coaches have been the greatest influences on my career. They’ve always pushed me to be the best that I can be on the field, but not play selfishly. They motivated me to keep pushing even when it felt like it didn’t matter.
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