The Dexter field hockey team headed into its game with Saline on Wednesday with a shot at finishing in first place in the league. When the game was over the Dreadnaughts had a 1-0 win over the Hornets to stick in the win column and an even better shot at the league championship.
The Dreads headed into Thursday’s regular-season finale with Ann Arbor Skyline needing a victory. The Eagles entered the game two points ahead of Dexter in the standings. A win would put the Dreads in first place for the time being with the Chelsea-Mercy game and the Huron-Pioneer game still to play and both factors in the final standings.
Dexter welcomed the recently crowned Division II regular season title winners and undefeated Saline to Al Ritt Stadium on Senior Night.
The game got off to a fast start as each team moved the ball up and down the field, attacking their opponent’s defenses and goal cages. Neither could get the upper hand on the other because both goalies were up to the challenge, making solid stops to keep the scoreboard blank in the first half.
In the second half, play picked up right where it left off with both squads getting close to scoring but not being able to finish.
With just under 21 minutes left in the game, Dexter got the break they needed with a corner opportunity. On the ensuing play, after several passes, Taryn Damm sent a ball towards goal which went around the goalie to where Rachel Mount was waiting. Mount collected the ball and stuffed it over the goal-line giving the Dreadnaughts a 1-0 lead.
For the next 20 minutes, the game went back and forth with Saline getting opportunities to tie and Dexter getting opportunities to increase their lead.
The Dexter defense bent, but never broke and the Dreadnaughts walked away after the horn handing the Hornets their first loss of the season. Joy Hook recorded 10 saves for the shutout.
Dexter led Saline in shots-on-goal 12-10 for the game and improved to 4-1-1 overall against the Hornets.
“It was fitting that our seniors played such a big role in the win,” said Dexter coach Craig Flocken. “All seven of them have had a great high school career at Dexter. We hope to continue the success for another two weeks and land a spot in another state championship for them.”
Flocken was pleased with the way his team played against such a quality opponent.
“We played like a team with everyone taking ownership in what they needed to do to get past a tough opponent,” Flocken said. “These are the games which can tell a coaching staff a lot about where they are at as a team.”