By Thomas Sellers Jr.
It was appropriate nine goals were scored on the 2013 Millington Lady Trojan Soccer Senior Day.
The Craigmont Lady Chiefs were no match for the Lady Trojans Sept. 30 on the turf of Centennial Park with Millington winning 9-0. The victory was sweet icing on the celebratory cake for nine Lady Trojan seniors Dawn Taylor, Chabeli Brooks, Nicole Dunn, Kelcey Johnson, Jamie Neville, Asha Burks, Iris Reyes, Lauren Lester and Emily Stewart.
“We’ve waited through three other senior nights,” Dunn said. “And we’ve seen them happen and gone through them. It’s finally our turn and we pulled it off.”
Dunn was a huge part of pulling off the Senior Day win with four goals on the day. She had a hat trick by halftime giving the Lady Trojans a 3-0 advantage at the break.
“There were a lot of through ball, where she could go race and get them,” Taylor noted. “My goal, I had to work through everyone. It felt amazing to get one.”
Before Taylor and her teammates added to the tally, it was “The Well-Dunn Show” that had the Lady Chiefs changing defenses throughout the first half.
Dunn’s first goal came in traffic in the first 15 minutes. She was able to find enough space to get a shot off into the net.
Dunn made it 2-0 minutes later when Burks took the ball from her wing position and located Dunn racing through the middle. With the pass going behind the Craigmont defense, Dunn outran her defenseman to get a one-on-one with the goalie. Dunn won that battle to with an ease shot into the goal.
It was Burks on the assist again just before half when she found Dunn to make the score 3-0.
“It went great and everybody was working with everybody to try to get everybody a goal,” Dunn said.
After the Lady Chiefs made adjustments, Millington went scoreless the final few minutes of the first half. But Millington Head Coach Larry Dagen made an offensive change that led to breakaways for his club.
Reyes was the first to benefit in the second half. Dagen moved her to the middle of the field to use her dribble skills. Reyes displayed her speed and shot making ability getting behind the Lady Chiefs for a one-on-one leading to a goal.
Dunn made the score 5-0 scoring on a breakaway of her own.
Before the game, Reyes promised her older brothers Jose, Anibal and Ivan she would score a couple of goals. The trio of Reyes also played for the school as Trojans and had success on their Senior Night games.
Iris kept her promise midway through the second half blasting a shot into goal to make the score 6-0.
So far the Millington score feast had a little glimpse of Trojans past and present with all the points being tallied by seniors. The seventh goal was a vision of Millington’s future.
Freshman Caleigh Ledgerwood found some open space in the Craigmont goal box. She was able to kick the shot into the back of net for the point.
Then it was time for the seniors to close out the scoring with Taylor and Burks. Like Taylor noted she had to move around Craigmont defenders with dribbling to get her point on Senior Night.
And Burks made it 9-0 when she scored her goal in similar fashion. Taylor said the way Senior Night played out made it worth the wait for the nine members of the Class of 2014.
“It all means we’ve worked so hard to get to where we are today and get better at it,” she concluded. “Since freshman year, we’ve all tried to be who we are and work so hard to be much better than we used to be. It’s just such an awesome feeling.”