By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Lady Trojans have hit the road under first-year Head Coach Amy Chandler learning quickly about their new district.
The Lady Trojans returned to Millington last week for a pair of game before heading back on the road to take on Trinity Christian Academy. First up for Millington on Sept. 8 in Centennial Park were the Craigmont Lady Chiefs.
With four goals, the Lady Trojans improved to 3-1-1 on the season. Millington’s 4-0 victory over Craigmont came after a tough defeat to district foe Jackson Christian School.
Chandler said the defeat to JCS gave her players a few things to work on heading into the rest of the season.
“We’re pleased so far after Craigmont,” she said. “We have two more games this week. We play Raleigh-Egypt tomorrow and then we have a district game against TCA Thursday.
“Today we had moments especially from midfield to outside midfield to forward stringing together some passes really well,” Chandler added. “We’re playing a little selfishly still. I think when you get ahead, everybody wants to score. So we tend to want to hog the ball. But I did see good moments of passing the ball. We got a lot of subs in and that’s especially good in this kind of heat. We want to make sure we don’t get too tired before our game Thursday.”
Millington jumped out to an early lead against Craigmont behind two Corina Banda goals. Banda assisted on the third goal for the Lady Trojans to her teammate Jacey Thompson.
Thompson’s goal made the score 3-0 at the break. Chandler worked in some of her younger players in the second half.
The Lady Trojans’ defense limited Craigmont to four shots in the second half on goalie Hollie Stokes. To ice the game Evette Santos scored the final goal.
Chandler said overall her players showed improvement from the previous week.
“We talked to the girls at half about looking to pass first before you wanting to shoot,” she said. “That’s going to help the whole team out. And they did that in the second half, incorporate the whole team.
“I would like to see that tomorrow,” Chandler concluded. “Playing smart, play smart soccer with passing and moving. Not just trying to dribble it up the field.”