After a hard-fought 1-0 loss on the road to Ann Arbor Skyline earlier in the week, the Dexter soccer team bounced back with a convincing 6-1 win Thursday over visiting Tecumseh in an SEC White showdown.
It began with good end-to-end play early in the first half. Dexter’s Blake Leonard broke the early deadlock when he picked off a pass in the Indian half of the field and made them pay with a goal, 15 minutes into the game.
Tecumseh held on to the 1-0 deficit for most of the half until Brian Higgins fired a ball across the goal mouth with 6:30 in the first half. The Indian keeper was able to deflect it away, but Callum Read was there to bury the ball for a 2-0 lead.
Higgins added to the Dexter lead when he found space to dribble into and fired and unchallenged shot to the far upper part of the goal with 3 minutes left in the half.
Caleb Endicott followed a series of head balls by Higgins then Read with his shot for a goal just 11 minutes into the second half. Five minutes later Griffin Keough found himself with the ball that couldn’t be cleared and fired a left-footed shot into the net for a 5-0 lead.
“Then the calls seemed to change,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester. “Fair challenges were called against us and it confused the players and myself.”
The Indians took advantage with their first goal of the game.
With under 13 minutes left in the game, Dread midfielder Austin Graham took a pass from Leonard and put his side up 6-1.
Dexter controlled the remainder of the game showing their depth with numerous players coming off the bench.
Goalkeeper Ben Elliott recorded five saves on the night while starting defenders Tucker Swan, Quinton Wade and Mac Guise provided a solid performance.
“It was a good showing by the team to take out the positives from a 1-0 loss at Skyline and step forward in a good win against a solid Tecumseh team,” Forrester said. “Tonight’s score was misleading, they are a solid team but our players went in with the desire, determination and mentality to play at the level of their best opponent and did that.”
The Dreadnaughts take their 7-2-0 record to Jackson on Saturday in the Justin Mehall Memorial Soccer Tournament. First-round opponents include Howell and Haslett.
Story by Alex Hardie