Soccer: Dreads bounce Adrian to reach District final

Dexter won both of their league matches against Adrian and made it three straight for the season with a 5-0 District semifinal game win Wednesday afternoon in Dexter.

Adrian came out and played a good first half, holding the Dreads to one goal. With under 15 minutes left in the half, Dexter’s Cole Harreld took an Austin Graham through ball and fired it past the keeper.

“They played a solid first half of defensive soccer, patiently looking for their chance to counter on us,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester. “They had a couple of good dangerous possessions that created chances, but the defense was up to the task.”

Even with that solid Adrian defense, it looked as though Dexter was going to walk away after they hit the crossbar twice and the post once, early in the game.

“It was appropriate that Cole got the first goal as he barely missed two headers on two separate occasions,” said Forrester.

Adrian was kept on their heels as the Dreads took more of an attacking formation and scored 9 minutes into the second half as Graham received a Jaylen Bonilla pass and finished his opportunity.

A minute later, Ryan Sanders buried a ball from outside the penalty box, nicking a defender on the way in. After another 5 minutes, another goal was scored as Anton Hein picked off a ball played out by the Maple keeper and fired a laser into the goal.

Senior defender Andy Dolan made it 5-0 just 3 minutes later.

The 18-5-1 Dreadnaughts will have to wait another day for their District final opponent as Chelsea and Tecumseh were tied at 2-2 and the game was suspended because of darkness. The two overtime periods will begin with a 4:30 kick-off with the possibility of a penalty kick shootout if the game remains tied.

The championship game is at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Dexter.

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