By Alex Hardie
The Dexter boys’ soccer team, which kicked their way into the postseason undefeated and ranked among the best teams in the state, fell 2-0 on Thursday night to Coldwater in a Regional semifinal. The Dreadnaughts controlled a majority of the first half possession but couldn’t put one in and two second-half goals by Coldwater sent the Cardinals to the Regional Final.
In fast-paced early action, the Dreads controlled much of what Coldwater had to offer, stifling any attack they could generate. Dexter’s defense gave up a miniscule two goals all season and looked like their dominant self against Coldwater.
“Under high pressure from Coldwater, we had good build up, creating good scoring chances, but didn’t finish,” said Dexter Coach Scott Forrester.
Sure enough, as the first half wore on, the Dreads gained more of the play and created decent scoring chances. Coldwater’s keeper made some easy saves and when Dexter put better shots on, he was up to the task.
After a scoreless first half, it looked like Dexter’s pressure would eventually find its way into the back of the net. But that wouldn’t be the case.
Less than a minute into the second half, the Cardinals’ corner kick was driven in and headed up inside the penalty box. The Dread defenders lost sight of it and in a crowd, Coldwater found a way to score.
Dexter answered with more of their signature possession play but were caught off guard beyond the midway point of the second half and allowed another Cardinal goal.
“These young men could have easily bagged it, but they continued to play hard and fight for a way back into the game. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen,” said Forrester.
Nineteen shutouts in 21 games, only four goals scored against them all season, 82 goals scored, a League Championship, and a District Championship with a 21-1-0 record marked an incredible run for the Dexter Dreadnaught. They should be proud of what they added to the soccer tradition at their school. It was a very memorable season even if it didn’t end the way they had hoped.