By Alex Hardie
Much like the first meeting, where the Dexter Dreadnaughts won 2-1, they threatened early and often, but this time they couldn’t get the ball into the back of the Chelsea Bulldog goal.
The two SEC White Division rivals battled to a scoreless draw on Thursday in a game played at Chelsea.
In a game that would determine the leader in the Southeastern Conference title, the Bulldogs stood strong with a tight defensive game as the Dreads dominated possession of the ball and led with a 12-2 shots-on-goal advantage.
Chelsea’s player roster was thinned by various injuries, while Dexter had Kianna Marquez return from the injury list for her first game but played without forward Emily Zietunian, who suffered a broken nose.
“We are dealing with some major injuries and finally got Kianna back but still missed Emily, a major scoring threat,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester.
There were many chances that coach Forrester and the team will discuss in training tomorrow but the longtime and successful coach was happy with the numerous scoring chances that the Dreads created. He, of course, was disappointed with the blank score line for his club.
“We created some solid chances to get the game winner, but our finishing wasn’t at the level it should be,” said Forrester. “In any Dexter vs. Chelsea match, we get a good taste of playing against a quality opponent. The physicality, pressure and speed of play pushes players to play with their ‘A’ game.”
The Dreadnaughts finished with a 12-2 shooting advantage with Caitlin Micallef making two easy saves and Chelsea’s keeper staving off the 12 shots that Dexter took.
“Their keeper kept them in the game,” Forrester said. “She made some nice point-blanc saves and well directed Dread finesses saves that kept the Bulldogs from the loss.”
Dexter is now 10-1-2 on the season and 6-0-1 in the Southeastern Conference White Division standings. Dexter travels to Lincoln this coming Tuesday and then hosts Ypsilanti Community on Thursday.