Tied at halftime, the Skyline Eagles found a way to score the game winner against the visiting Dreadnaughts on Tuesday night.
In a non-league match, the Dreadnaughts traveled to Skyline to play a very entertaining game. Both teams play in the Southeastern Conference but Skyline is in the Red Division and the Dreads play in the White Division. Only the games in each division count towards the standings. Games played outside of the division don’t count towards league divisions standing.
The Eagles carried more of the possession in the first half and created four quality scoring chances. Dexter’s defense held strong and didn’t allow a goal.
Dreadnaught senior Midfielder Ben VanderRoest had the Dreads’ best chance in the first half when he controlled a ball played into the Skyline quarter of the field, and fired it on goal. But the great ball was matched by a quality save by the Eagle keeper.
Ball possession became more to Dexter’s favor in the second half, which allowed the Dreads better scoring chances. It made for a better game, but midway through the half, Skyline was awarded a questionable free kick.
Credit the Eagles for a nice ball played in that connected with an un-defended, leaping Jack Bakker who headed it into the goal.
Though it would be the game winner, the Dreads showed great heart, creating three quality scoring chances in the final seconds of the game.
“I thought we dealt with the high pressure Skyline brings offensively and defensively in the game,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester. “We had one crucial mistake in the defensive end of the game, and they capitalized. It’s a game that we will build on and make us better to be able to accomplish our team goals.”
The Dreadnaughts are 6-2-0 overall and take an undefeated 3-0-0 White Division record into the next SEC match as they host Tecumseh on Thursday. The JV match is at 4 p.m. and the varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m.
By Alex Hardie