Field Hockey: Dreadnaughts win defensive battle with Novi

Dexter and Novi headed into Wednesday’s match with two game winning streaks as the Dreads looked to beat the Wildcats for the first time in three tries.

The game turned out to be a tale of two halves.

In the first half, the Dreadnaughts were the team in control of both play and possession. Though several opportunities presented themselves for Dexter, it was not until about 3 minutes prior to halftime that the first score of the game occurred when Rachel Mount sent a crossing pass in front of the net that Kelly Stabler collected and stuffed past the Wildcat goalie for a Dexter lead.

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In the second half, the roles were completely reversed as Novi came out and dictated play with offensive attack after attack. Dexter could not mount any counter attacks and spent most of their time on defense trying to hold the lead.

When the final whistle sounded, the Dreadnaught defense had held and Dexter walked off the field with a hard fought 1-0 victory.

Anna Love made eight saves to keep the Wildcats off the board.

This was Dexter’s seventh shutout victory this season.

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“Novi has been playing well of late so we knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Dexter coach Craig Flocken. “They have a lot of speed and that seems to give us trouble.

“We had several opportunities in the first half but outside that great cross pass from Mount to Stabler, we couldn’t finish inside the circle. Getting goals right now is something we need to improve upon.”

Still, another good learning experience for the Dreads.

“These close games are good character builders,” Flocken said. “They show us we are growing as a team because we are able to find ways to win or hold on to wins.”

On Monday, the Dreadnaughts hosted the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils

Around 5 minutes into the game, Diana Milne took a shot towards goal which hit a Blazer stick and popped the ball straight up into the air and into the net for a 1-0 lead. After this goal, the game turned defensive for both teams. Dexter controlled the remainder of the first half but could not score again.

In the second half, GP South began to get pressure on the Dexter goalie but the Dreadnaught defensive unit held strong.

“There was a visible effort on our player’s part to control the game and not allow South to get anything going,” Flocken said. “They played more as a team today than as individuals.”

Photos by Jeanette Richards

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