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By Thomas Sellers Jr.Soccer Carlos Lipsey score

 Trojan junior Carlos Lipsey celebrates after heading in a goal to tie the game last week against the Bolton Wildcats at Centennial Park.

Trojan junior Carlos Lipsey celebrates after heading in a goal to tie the game last week against the Bolton Wildcats at Centennial Park.

Trojan senior Servando Mireles gains control of the ball from several Wildcat defenders during the 2-2 tie.

Trojan senior Servando Mireles gains control of the ball from several Wildcat defenders during the 2-2 tie.

After three games, the Millington Trojan Soccer club has ones across the board.
Millington dropped its 2014 opener to one of the best teams in West Tennessee 2-0 to the Munford Cougars. The Trojans picked up win No. 1 against Westminister in a tough battle.
March 25 was time for Millington to open up the District 14-3A portion of its schedule against the Bolton Wildcats. On a cold windy day in Centennial Park, the Trojans seemed a step behind at times trailing 2-1 at the break.
Millington managed to tie the game and neither squad could break the deadlock with the contest ending 2-2.
“They played an incredible game against Munford,” Millington Head Coach Larry Dagen said. “We lost 2-0. Then we came back with a tough game against Westminister. A club just as good as Munford. Those guys were good. We played hard and aggressive and beat them. This game our touches were off. We almost looked tired.”
Despite moments of slow play and letting the elements stall their momentum, the Trojans never stopped hustling and allowed Bolton to dominant the tempo.
“Our guys do something you can’t train them to do,” Dagen said. “They play hard. Our kids are giving it everything they’ve got.”
Both teams scored early in the game to make the score 1-1. Trojan Carlos Lipsey connected for Millington.
With 5 minutes remaining in the first half the Wildcats took the lead on a goal. Bolton was ahead 2-1 at halftime.
Early in the second half the Trojans tied the game by possessing the ball. Players like Tristan Moore, Ethan Dupree and Abel Velasquez controlled the ball keeping Wildcat defenders backpaddling.
With Bolton out of position, the Millington offense worked the ball to Lipsey. The junior striker took the pass out of the air using his head to direct the ball into the back of the net to tie the game 2-2.
“Carlos can absolutely be a leader on this team,” Dagen said. “He has the attributes to do it. Carlos is one of those guys who can be as good as he wants to be.”
Lipsey worked along side Brennan Van Emelen last season. Now with Van Emelen on the college level, several Trojans like Lipsey have stepped up their game.
Injuries are another reason Millington players have to increase their intensity these days. Trojans Jake Hawkins and Austin Smith missed the Bolton game because of injuries.
Late in the game, Millington senior Servando Mireles went down with an ankle injury. Despite the pains and woes of a tie, Dagen broke the huddle with his players after the Bolton game with a positive note.
“We’re going to have a great year,” he said. “I told them, ‘You guys are going to have a great year. You can be as good as you want to be.’
“This team doesn’t have a Brennan Van Emelen,” Dagen concluded. “But we’ve got a bunch of kids as they develop as a team will be very good. We can possess the ball. We have guys who can do that.”

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