By Thomas Sellers Jr.
If you arrived to the Millington/Cordova soccer match Sept. 2 in time for the second half to start, it appeared the Cordova Lady Wolves were dominating the action.
The players in green and white were attacking the ball, chasing down the Millington Lady Trojans and playing aggressively. But midway through the second half Cordova was trailing 3-1.
The Lady Wolves erased the Millington first half dominance with two goals to end the District 14-3A contest 3-3.
“We were up 3-1,” Millington Head Coach Larry Dagen recalled. “We got the ball wide and Julie kept getting in there making some touches. You know how it works and I warned them, ‘Do not relax. If you relax, they’re going to take it to you. That’s an exciting bunch, Cordova.’ They are energetic and having a great time running up and down the field beating us to the ball.”
Millington was the team winning the 50/50 balls in the first half, having fun and attacking the defense in the first 40 minutes.
The Lady Trojans received their first goal from senior Devin McSwain assisted by Abby Roque. Then the next two goals for Millington came courtesy of Julie Dickenson with Caleigh Ledgerwood and Donae Reese assisting.
With a two-goal lead on the Lady Wolves, Millington came out for the second half without the intensity that helped it build the lead.
Cordova played with more energy in the final 40 minutes scoring two goals to end the game in a 3-3 tie.
“Those 50/50 balls, that’s something we have to work on,” Dagen acknowledged. “We can work on it all we want to, but you can’t coach wanting. It’s want-to, you can’t coach that. That’s something they have to do.”
Lady Trojan goalie Holli Rose Stokes wanted to at least preserve the tie with her effort in the final 10 minutes. She made athletic saves giving Millington a chance to win the game. The Lady Trojans had three shots on goal late but came up short.
Dagen said recent games against Arlington and Cordova have ended in a defeat and tie. But those contest have illustrated the Lady Trojans being on the brink of something special for the 2014 season.
“We have to put it all together,” Dagen concluded. “Stopping and taking a big deep breath and thinking through the process, we were getting it down and all we have to do is start putting it all together.”