Field Hockey Playoffs: Dexter blanks Marian to advance to semifinals against No. 1 seed Saline

No. 5 Dexter blanked Marian 2-0 in a quarterfinal field hockey game on Tuesday at Dexter. Abby Tamer and Kylie Richards each scored for the Dreadnaughts, who last year knocked off Pioneer to reach the D-1 finals before falling to Huron in the championship game.

Top-ranked Saline blanked visiting Forest Hills 4-0. Erin Reilly and Hannah Jarvie each scored twice for the Hornets.

Saline won both games with Dexter this season – 3-2 and 2-1.

Dexter’s Giuliana Rokke pressure the Marian attacker in the Dexter v Marian game.

On the other side of the bracket, Pioneer faces Huron in Thursday’s field hockey semifinal game. Both Pioneer and Huron won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday to advance to the Division 1 semifinals where they will square off against each with a state finals championship game appearance on the line.

The River Rats are the defending champion at D-1, ending Pioneer’s three year run as state champs. This season, Huron defeated Pioneer 2-0 way back in August while the two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 16.

Huron, the number three seed, knocked off visiting Novi 7-1 in its quarterfinal game. Allison Sabb and Anna Scott each had two goals for the River Rats. Megan Sabb, Minna Tremonti and Afua N’Kansah-Andoh each scored once in the win.

Pioneer, the number two seed, blanked visiting Detroit Country Day 5-0 in its quarterfinal.

Thursday’s semifinal match-ups at Saline features No. 3 Pioneer vs. No. 2 Huron at 4:30 p.m. followed by No. 5 Dexter vs. No. 1 Saline at 7 p.m.

Division 2

Fourth-seeded Gabriel Richard lost 3-1 to fifth-seeded Grosse Pointe South 3-1.

No. 7 seed Greenhills lost 1-0 to No. 2 Dearborn.

Jade Clasby scored in the first half for the Irish to tie the game at 1-1. But GPS scored two second-half goals to net the win.

COVER PHOTO: Dexter’s Kylie Richards (foreground) and Claire Vaughn focus on the ball in their game vs. Marian.


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