Traveling to Williamston for their second road game in three days, Dexter faced a strong Hornet squad and found themselves down 1-0 just 10 minutes into the game.
“The pace of the game was extremely fast as the teams limited their touches and each have speed in the forward position,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester. “They caught us flat and played a great ball in behind our defense and capitalized.”
With 2:50 left in the half, sophomore Claire Ketzner hit a partially cleared ball with her first touch past the keeper. Both teams threatened in the half with the Dreads carrying a little more possession of the ball. That said, the Hornets were equal in scoring chances with Dexter.
The second half began with a Dreadnaught punch just over 3 minutes in when Emily Zeitunian beat defenders to get end line and passed a great ball across the face of the goal. Morgan Esch was there to bury it for a 2-1 Dexter lead.
Hannah Tarnaski followed up with a goal of her own 6 minutes later when she took a pass from Zeitunian to extend the lead to 3-1. Dexter continued to threaten and kept the Hornets at bay, almost midway through the half.
However, the Hornets struck with a goal much like their first goal to make it 3-2.
“Anything could happen at this point,” said Forrester. “What they say about a two goal lead, well. Even though this is a young team, the team responded with great maturity and scored the next one. And the next one.”
With 15:20 remaining, Zeitunian was mugged in the penalty box resulting in the penalty kick. Taking it herself, she left no chance for the keeper and buried it. With less than 8 minutes left in the game, Esch played a ball to Riley Doll for the score and icing on the cake for the 5-2 win.
Caitlin Micallef was stellar in goal as she finished with six saves, two big ones that kept the Hornets from having a chance to take the game. Also going the distance without a substitution for a breather was central defender Louisa Judge.
“Though making minor adjustments to help the backs, Judge, Mary Baker, Meghan Friedman and Lucy Fuller, played great individual and team defense,” said Forrester.
Four Dreads have scored a point in all three games, Zeitunian, Tarnaski, Esch and Doll. Micallef has recorded two shutouts for the team.
The Dreads are now 3-0-0 and host their first SEC home game this Tuesday with Ypsilanti in a varsity-only match, beginning at 4 p.m. at the high school field.
Dexter then travels to Adrian on Thursday (5:30 varsity)and hosts Parma Western on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.