It wasn’t long into the match when the eventual ‘game winner’ was scored as Jayden Bonilla ran onto a Ryan Sanders through ball for a quick 1-0 lead in Dexter’s District opener Monday against visiting Parma Western.
Just 5:23 into the game, the Dreadnaughts would take the lead and finished the game with three additional goals for a 4-0 win.
Bonilla’s goal was followed up 2 minutes later when Bonilla played a well-placed through ball for Anton Hein and his quality finish.
“The timing and shape of the run combined with the pass made for a beauty of a goal,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester.
Western’s defense tightened up stopping some good attacks by the Dreads.
“I thought both teams improved their games from the first time we played,” said Forrester.
With under 10 left in the half, Alex Doletzky worked his way deep into the Parma end and fired a shot to the near post that deflected off a Panther defender into the net.
Dexter carried their 3-0 lead into the half with continued ball possession.
Seven minutes into the second half, Dexter’s Daniel Higgins over ran a hard ball bouncing in behind him and proceeded to score a “scorpion,” a shot that happens with a forward dive and the ball being struck with a back heel as the ball is behind the player.
Up 4-0, Forrester found the opportunity to have additional players gain more game experience, eventually emptying his whole bench. Five junior varsity players gained experience as the game wore on.
Dexter now faces Adrian, a 3-2 winner over Jackson Northwest, in the first District semifinal Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Tecumseh, with a first-round bye, will play Chelsea as they defeated Mason 1-0.
The second semifinal will start around 5 p.m., Wednesday.
Both games are at Dexter High School.