Soccer: Dreadnaughts advance to Regionals with District title

The Dexter girls’ soccer team won its 12th District championship on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Mason in the finals. The Dreadnaughts, who improved to 18-1-1 on the season, travel to Eaton Rapids on Thursday for a Regional semifinal against St. Joe’s at 5 p.m.

St. Joe’s advanced with a 3-2 overtime win over Stevensville Lakeshore in its District final.

The winner of Dexter’s game will face the winner of the Gull Lake vs. Marshall semifinal at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Eaton Rapids.

The Dreads scored all three goals in the second half against Mason to win their first District title in four years.

In a very entertaining and physical game, each team created solid scoring chances in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The physicality of the game became evident early on as a Dread forward was taken down in the box and play continued.

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Each team showed a good ability to create scoring chances but couldn’t put the ball into the opponent’s goal. Scoreless at the half, the main realization for both teams was that it was going to be a physical battle that the team that steps up their game, was going to win.

In the second half, the Bulldogs found a way in past the strong defense but was turned away by the post. Another quality chance, Mason had a breakaway that was stuffed by Dexter keeper Caitlin Micallef.

Less than 8 minutes off the game clock, Sammi Corcoran slipped a pass through the Mason defense finding Emily Zeitunian alone with the keeper to beat. Sure enough, Zeitunian met the challenge and put it past the keeper for the 1-0 lead.

Zeitunian matched her earlier goal with a true breakaway on a Morgan Esch through ball.

“Z dribbled in and beat a defender, then sent the keeper the wrong way and gently passed the ball into the net,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester.

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With less than a minute to play, Alice Kadhammar received a pass near the top of the box, set it up and fired it into the net for the final 3-0 win.

“I had to put Kadhammar in,” Forrester said. “Her parents were in from Sweden to watch her play and she did the rest. Zeitunian continues to amaze me. From last year to this year, she and Esch have elevated their games big time.

“With a combined 41 goals between the two, teams tend to focus on them. That opens up other opportunities for senior co-captain Hannah Tarnaski with her own 13 goals and 16 assists.”

Dexter has scored 108 goals while allowing just six in this incredible run.

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