By Thomas Sellers Jr.
After six games, the Millington Lady Trojans were even overall with a 3-3 record.
The visit from the Southwind Lady Jaguars to Centennial Park last Thursday presented the Lady Trojans with a chance to improve their record over .500 and play their best game of the season.
And many spectators in the stands were saying Millington played its best game so far in the 2013 season with a 4-2 victory over the Lady Jaguars. The game was called midway through the second half because of lightning in the area.
Back over .500 the Lady Trojans made their traditional run across the field to thank the fans. Then senior defenseman Chaveli Brooks compared the Southwind victory to Millington’s other three wins.
“It’s either this one or MHEA that was our best game,” she said. “We’ve definitely stepped it up as a team with communication and everything. Passing was way better today.”
The passing was crisp early in the game with the Lady Trojans pressing the Lady Jaguars keeper with two quick shot attempts. Then Millington got on the scoreboard 3 minutes into the game when senior Iris Reyes blasted a penality kick from 25 yards away for a goal.
Southwind had an answer a few minutes later when Zoe Moises was able to get a shot off and score.
“No. 2 has a lot of speed,” Brooks noted. “But one we picked our heads up and figured out our positions, I feel we came together pretty well.”
Tied at 1-1, Millington was able to regain the lead for good 2 minutes later when Nicole Dunn made a move in the center of the field and was able to fool a defender to creat space. Dunn’s shot hit the back of the net giving the Lady Trojans a 2-1 lead.
Then the game became “The Asha Burks Show,” with the senior striker taking advantage of the solid passing.
“If the ball comes toward me, I’m going to go for it either way,” Burks said.
The senior’s mentality paid off twice. Her first goal came courtesy of a Reye corner kick. The ball traveled straight to Burk’s long leg. And with a sweeping kick, Burks connected for a goal making the tally 3-1.
Burks was in the receiving mood just minutes later when Caleigh Ledgerwood created a breakaway. The freshman spotted a passing lane for Burks. She passed the ball and Burks in one motion launched a shot into the net to make the score 4-1.
Millington was ahead 4-1 at the break. Moises scored the only goal in the second half on a Southwind breakaway. Then minutes later the officials called the game because of lightning.
The Lady Trojans left the field in a positive mindset because of the solid performance. Brooks said it was the passing on the field and the connection off the field that helped Millington beat Southwind.
“Communication is key on and off the field,” she said. “We have to put personal attitudes aside once we step onto the field.”
Burks agreed with her classmate that for the Lady Trojans to have more good days the rest of the season, the team has to come together even more.
“We can keep this momentum by communicating, passing and not getting mad at each other or putting each other down,” she concluded.