By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The District 15-2A runner ups earned a trip to Memphis to take on the Sheffield Knights at Crump Stadium. Despite a solid effort against the District 16-2A champions, the Trojans’ special season ended in a 3-1 defeat.
The program of William Carter took a step forward under the guidance of coaches Rosemary Bosewell and Craig Mollory. Coming into the 2019 campaign, Millington knew it would be a season of adjustments.
“The mindset was to just win games,” Bosewell said. “We taught our players to play wide, play aggressively but play clean. We really didn’t change a whole lot. We did change our defensive line a little bit.”
The Trojans’ 4-4-2 defense helped the team finish near the top of the league in the standing. But a year of adjusting led to an overall record of 5-7-1.
“We tried players in different positions and just figured what worked,” Bosewell recalled. “The season prepared our minds to look ahead. It prepared us to play well and to just take anything we could. If we loss, learn from it. If we won, improve on it.”
May began with the Trojans hosting district foe the Covington Chargers in the District 15-2A Soccer Tournament Semifinals.
“We had beat Covington previously in the season,” Bosewell said. “We knew going into the game they would be out for blood. We started off and I think we scored first.
“They tied it up and scored again,” she continued. “They got ahead of us. We tied the game and I thought it was over. But we hit another shot and the boys went crazy.”
When senior Rafat Morshid scored the winning goal to give the Trojans the 3-2 victory, Millington secured a spot in the district title game against Haywood and a berth in the Region Tournament.
The Tomcats seized the championship 6-2 over Millington with Trojan Colby Goode scoring a pair of goals. Goode led the team with 19 goals on the season.
Goode was a part of the sophomore class composed of 8 players. Millington graduated 6 seniors. But in 2020, Trojan Soccer will return two juniors and 4 freshmen.
“We do have a very young team,” Bosewell said. “That is so very exciting. I hope it takes us to win out at Region and possibly go to State next year. We need to learn from our mistakes.
“Bringing back 14 guys and our goalie will be as senior, Geoffrey (Warberg)” she concluded. “We should be bringing back a pretty solid team. And we’ll be moving up some talent from the middle school. So I am excited about the future.”