By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Understatement of the week is saying Millington Trojan Carlos Lipsey is having a good span.
In two games last week, the Trojan senior scored a total of 9 goals against Ridgeway and Craigmont. Against the Roadrunners, Lipsey and the Trojans destroyed Ridgeway with his 4-goal effort. Then on Senior Day in Centennial Park on April 29, Lipsey concluded his home career with five goals in Millington’s 5-2 victory over the Craigmont Chiefs.
“We’re clicking as a team,” Lipsey said. “Ethan (Dupree), I have to give him most of the credit. He’s assisted on more than half of them. Having people like him on the team helps. Everybody has been playing well lately.”
Before the pair of wins over Ridgeway and Craigmont, times were tough for Trojan Soccer. In mid-April Head Coach Larry Dagen stepped down from his position. Assistant Coach Appolinaire Djino took charge of the program to close out the 2015 season.
“We came together and Djino told us that everything we do for now on is going to be based on us,” Lipsey said. “Djino is a good coach but he can’t do everything by himself. We got everybody together and said the rest of this season is based on how do we want to end it. We can do it the hard way or the hard way of practicing and coming together.”
Coming into the season the Trojans knew they would face tough District 14-3A competition like powerhouses Arlington and Kingsbury. Then the Bartlett Panthers and Bolton Wildcats entered the season looking to take the top spot in the league. Throw in a competitive Cordova team, the Trojans have managed to finish in the middle of the pack.
“My mindset coming into this year, I had one thing on my mind — to win district,” Lipsey recalled. “I knew we would have a talented team. That was my mindset the whole school year. That’s what my focus was then and now.”
The Trojans enter this week’s District 14-3A Tournament with just as good of a chance to take the title as the other teams. Millington handled Bolton 3-1 and defeated Arlington 1-0. Kingbury earned a 2-0 victory over Millington back in March. Lipsey noted the Trojans have to focus on passing the ball and movement to have a good chance to advance to Regionals.
“I can get out and run,” he said. “If I get a good pass from somebody, I know I can finish.”
Lipsey’s finishes this season have him near the top of the Trojans’ all-time single season scoring record. Lipsey has placed his name near the top with Millington Soccer legend Kyle Eubanks.
“It a good feeling,” he concluded. “I always wanted to have my name in some kind of record book. It will feel good to have my name in there.”
Lipsey’s total went to 11 in the week the next day scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Overton.