DICKSON – The Dickson girls soccer team began preseason action last Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Fairview in a weather-shortened game.

The threat of severe storms brought the game to an early end, but the Lady Cougar defense was in full effect for as long as the game lasted. Fairview scored only once on a deflection, while Emily James came away with both goals for a new-look Dickson offense.

“The second half was much better, of course before the lightning delay,” Dickson coach Chris Cardona said. “We spoke at half and I told them we needed to do a better job of connecting our passes and staying in our positions and not tipping over too much. I also said we needed to communicate better, and in the second half we did that.”

As lightning strikes filled the warm air, a delay or suspension of the game was almost a certainty. Especially with it being a preseason game, everyone involved was ready to head home before things got too ugly.

Dickson possessed the ball for most of the game and even had multiple shots saved or narrowly miss the net to keep the score 1-1 at halftime. Fairview goalkeeper Carly Wagner was busy and made a combination of routine stops and difficult saves to keep the Lady Cougars off from scoring more than twice.

 “Overall, it was a good (performance), but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Cardona said. “We’re still trying to find out who wants a few of the open positions.”

Dickson will travel to Hume-Fogg on Aug. 16 for another preseason contest. With their final tune-ups, the Lady Cougars will try to answer some lingering internal questions and continue to improve.

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