The Dexter soccer team hit the road on Tuesday and were greeted with a smaller field, thick grass and a solid Riverview soccer team. The Dreadnaughts left the excuses in the bus and played a solid match for a 3-0 win over the host Pirates.
Dexter improves to 2-1-1 on the young season.
“We worked the ball around the field well and spread it around on a narrow field,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester. “We did well with first touches and passes on the ground were a little stronger today than we’ve seen. We played solid defensively.”
Forrester is pleased with where his team is at this early point in the season.
“Riverview is a pretty solid team and we wore them down in the second half,” Forrester said.
Riverview Coach Ben Zolynsky summed up the game perfectly afterwards.
“They got some through-balls through and scored on their chances,” he said. “We had a few chances but couldn’t score. It came down to them finishing their opportunities when we didn’t.”
Still, Zolynsky liked what he saw from his club early in the season.
The Pirates, who lost 11 seniors off last year’s team, fall to 3-2 on the season with losses to two very good teams – Dexter and Carlson.
The game started off fairly even over the first 10 minutes of the contest as the two teams introduced themselves to one another. The Dreadnaughts slowly began to take control of the ball and in turn the game as they started finding the open man and playing to space.
The Dreadnaughts turned their first real quality scoring chance into a goal when Ryan Sanders broke in down the left side and slid a perfect low shot to the far post to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with 28:46 left in the first half.
With around 18 minutes to play in the first half, the Pirates had their two best scoring chances off the foot of Joel Garcia but the sophomore shot the first one at the keeper and the second one was thwarted by Dexter goalie Max Harreld, who came out to make a nice play on the ball.
With 2:57 left in the first half Dexter’s Cole Harreld turned an aggressive individual play into a goal.
The teams headed to halftime with Dexter leading 2-0.
With 32:02 left in the second half, Dexter’s Anton Hein took a great pass out front and nailed a perfect low shot to make it 3-0.
The Dreadnaughts play another group of Pirates on Thursday when they host Pinckney. The varsity will play first at 4 p.m.