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On the job training

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Arlington Soccer Abbey Criswell Arlington Soccer Laura Williams

Lady Trojan defender Devin McSwain (right) tries to clear the ball with her knee against an Arlington striker last week.

Lady Trojan defender Devin McSwain (right) tries to clear the ball with her knee against an Arlington striker last week.

Across the board, the Arlington Lady Tigers program has high exceptions.
From the presences of the Blue Crew who attend all home games to the youngest players on the team, Head Coach Zeke Vezina’s program expects a high-level of play leading to postseason success.
The coaches a part of the Lady Tigers like assistants Janie Bray and Jon Knickerbocker teach and preach that to all the players.
“Our freshmen have earned their spots on varsity and know our exceptions,” Knickerbocker said. “They know what is expected of them and are working hard along with the others.”
The Lady Tigers put on a display of their developing chemistry last Thursday in Millington. Arlington left Centennial Park with a 7-0 win over the host Lady Trojans.
Millington fell behind 6-0 by halftime. Arlington received goals from Kylie Huey, Katie Shearer, Cara Zwilling, Grace Carlino and Abbey Criswell.
Despite those early goals and a final point by Arlington’s Laura Williams in the second half, the coaching staff of Millington was pleased with their players’ efforts.
“I am totally happy with the way our girls played today,” Head Coach Larry Dagen said. “Fourth game of the season, 1-3, not as experienced and not as technically sounded but today they did the things they could do. They hustled and worked on shape. They worked on positioning and defense.”
Arlington was working on offensive plays, positioning and offensive attacks improving to 5-0-1 with the victory. Late in the game the Lady Tigers took four shots on goal Lady Trojan Holli Stokes.
Stokes received defensive help from teammates like Devin McSwain and Bria Barnes throughout the second half.
But late in the game Stokes had to make diving saves and bat the ball out of midair.
“Hollie was wonderful,” Dagen said. “Hollie wants to play and she wants to give you her 100 percent every game. I’m looking for her to only get better.”
Dagen said Arlington is proving once again it will be one of the teams to beat in October. But thanks to the high-level of play from the Lady Tigers, his Lady Trojans took a step in the right direction.
“What we wanted to do was play defense and for us to learn,” he concluded. “We wanted to use this as an opportunity to learn. We’re four games into the season. There’s a long way until the end. I am proud of the way they played. We played very well. I saw some things we’ve been working on coming together.”

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