The Dexter field hockey team prepared for two huge games coming up (Wednesday against the D2 first-place team Saline and Thursday at undefeated Ann Arbor Skyline) with a 2-1 win Thursday over Ann Arbor Huron.
Huron was on a three-game winning streak while Dexter had three wins and a tie coming into the game.
Dexter started the game controlling possession while moving the ball at will around the field. Though most of the first 30 minutes was spent on Huron’s side of the field, Dexter could not find its way into the Huron goal.
Meanwhile, the River Rats made the most of their minimal opportunities, when with 4 minutes remaining in the half, a Huron player got the ball past Dexter’s goalie to give them a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Huron started strong and it appeared the game had taken a shift toward the River Rats. But with 22 minutes remaining in the game, Dexter got the break it needed with a corner opportunity during which Megan Niswonger rocketed a shot past the Huron goalie to tie the game 1-1.
The momentum had changed as Dexter began to control the game once again. Five minutes later, Kelly Stabler collected a ball during a scramble in front of the River Rat goal and pushed it into the back of the net for a 2-1 Dreadnaught lead.
For the final 17 minutes, Dexter’s defensive abilities took over and they stopped Huron’s offense cold as the River Rats could not muster another shot on goal.
“Huron is a traditional winning program,” Dexter coach Craig Flocken said. “They have a new coach who has gotten them back on track over there. This is a good win for our program.”
Flocken said the offense has been struggling to find the net against quality teams recently so to have them come
back and take the lead with two quick goals in the second half was “something we needed.”
“The coaching staff was pleased with the fact that the players never gave up,” he said. “They came out in that second half determined to get back in the game and pull out a victory.”