Field Hockey: Late goal gives Dexter 1-1 draw with Mercy

The Dexter field hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the season last week to Chelsea – sort of. The Dreadnaughts battled Farmington Hills Mercy, another excellent team, to a 1-1 draw on Monday.

The game was played on grass and both teams had difficulties making any offensive attacks during the first half. There were a few opportunities but neither side could finish anything.

The teams went to halftime in a scoreless tie.

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In the second half, more of the same as there was no finesse to the game.

With nearly 50 minutes gone by without a score, Mercy got the big break when their player was able to redirect a hit into the circle past Anna Love to take a late 1-0 lead.

As time wound down, it looked like Dexter was headed for its second consecutive 1-0 defeat but a late corner opportunity with 4 minutes remaining gave the Dreadnaughts a glimmer of hope.

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On the ensuing play, Diana Milne sent a crossing pass in front of the net which Kelly Stabler collected and pushed past the Marlin goalie for a tying score.

“We are struggling with grass field play,” said Dexter coach Craig Flocken. “This is not unusual for a turf-based team but our players need to figure it out. We will be on grass again. We should be able to play our Dexter game whether it is on turf or grass.”

Flocken said the game was not pretty.

“There was no flow to it,” he said. “It was not something we like to see as a coaching staff. Mercy used their home-field advantage and were able to nearly grind our offense to a halt.

“Corner opportunities have been a big part of our success this year and the one at the end of the game where Stabler scored saved us.”

Photos by Joanna Zabriskie

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