Soccer: Dreads kick things into gear with fast start (see video of goal)

It didn’t take long to hear the roar of the crowd during Dexter’s first home game of the season. The Dreadnaughts scored just 59 seconds into the contest and went on to a 2-0 win over visiting North Farmington on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

A few passes into the game, senior midfielder Ben VanderRoest took a pass from senior Blake Leonard and fired it passed the Raider keeper for what turned out to be the game winner.

Thirteen minutes later, Dexter added to their tally when Callum Read buried a ball that was headed to him in the box by Leonard for a 2-0 lead.

Both teams shared equal attacking opportunities in the second half but neither team could score.

Senior keeper Benjamin Elliott made two saves on the night for the shutout. The players in front of him blocked 14 shots from various distances.

“It was a good full-time game to test these young men,” said Dexter coach Scott Forrester. “Up to this point we have played scrimmage games and a tournament that were shortened games. Missing two starters due to injury, we did well for an early season game.”

The Dreads (3-1) open Southeastern Conference play Aug. 27 at Lincoln.

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Dexter opened the season with a split at the Saginaw Heritage High School Soccer Tournament on Aug. 23. Playing their second year in the Heritage Tournament, the Dreads looked to follow the footsteps of last year’s squad that used the tournament to set the foundation for a 20-4-2 season that ended with a penalty kick shootout loss in the state semifinals.

Dexter opened with Midland Dow, a solid program that would provide a good challenge for a Dreads team that had to replace eight starting players.

Both teams had good possession and created solid scoring chances, but it was a first half corner kick with less than 4 minutes left in the first half that would determine the outcome. On a ball played to the far post, an unchallenged Charger headed the ball in for what was the eventual game winner in a 1-0 Midland Dow win.

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Saginaw Valley Lutheran Chargers would pose good competition for Dexter in the second game, but the Dreads scored one in the first half and two in the second for a 3-0 victory. Griffin Keough scored twice and Austin Graham once with Lucas Preuth picking up the only assist in the game.

Dexter’s final opponent of the day would be the Midland High Chemics. In a closely played match, the Dreads scored first when Blake Leonard received a ball from Ben VanderRoest and finished on a well-placed shot midway through the second half.

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The Chemics responded 9 minutes later with an equalizing goal after they picked up a ball and fired it into the net. It looked to be a draw until Dread midfielder Caleb Endicott ran onto a ball played out of the Chemic end and with his first touch fired a 30-yard screamer into the upper corner of the goal.

Dexter held on for a 2-1 win and 2-1 record in the tournament.

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