Profile: Braden Lint and the Dreadnaughts appear to be District-ready

Braden Lint came into his senior year at Dexter High School preparing for his first season on the varsity boys’ soccer team. Just a couple of months later, Lint and his teammates have clinched the SEC White championship with victories over Jackson and Chelsea.

The win over Chelsea moved the Dreadnaughts to 12-1-6 heading into Districts.

Lint has become an essential part of Dexter’s championship team and is one of the senior leaders. He’s also taking his game to the next level at the most important point of the season – the playoffs.

In the last three games, Lint has scored four goals, helping the Dreadnaughts earn the conference title. Lint scored Dexter’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Thursday, Sept. 26. The following Tuesday on Oct. 1, Lint had a hat trick versus Jackson.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Rushbrook

The Dreadnaughts avenged their only loss of the season in the opening round of the SEC White tournament against Jackson, who defeated Dexter earlier in the season. Dexter got their revenge, 5-0, behind three goals from Lint.

In the championship game against Chelsea, Lint helped create scoring opportunities all night long.

Dexter was finally able to capitalize after threatening in the first half as Nick Williamson found the back of the net off a set piece with 35:39 left in the second half.

“From the goal forward, it was really chaotic but we were as calm as we could be,” said Lint of the win over Chelsea. “I thought we did well. It feels amazing. We were calm and compact.”

Lint mentioned that he first started playing soccer at a young age when he followed his friends out onto the pitch.

He later found inspiration in one of the greatest’s soccer players ever.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Rushbrook

“I’ve always loved Lionel Messi,” Lint said. “He’s so creative on the ball and it seems like he doesn’t think a whole lot, it just comes out of him and I appreciate that a lot.”

The Dreadnaughts face Belleville in the District tournament at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 10) in Dexter.

“This season has been amazing. It’s my first year on varsity and I’m loving it. It’s very new for me to be winning and that really means something,” said Lint. “I’d like to take it to college somehow. I’m not sure how that will go but that would be the best-case scenario.”

MAIN PHOTO: Courtesy of Cindy Rushbrook

First Round

Dexter vs. Belleville
5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10
At Dexter HS

Saline vs. Lincoln
5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9
At Saline HS

Pioneer vs. Ypsilanti
3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10
At Dexter HS

Skyline vs. Huron
5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10
At Huron HS

Semifinals

Pioneer-Ypsilanti winner vs. Huron-Skyline winner
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Dexter (Al Ritt Stadium)

Dexter-Belleville winner vs. Saline-Lincoln winner
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Dexter (Al Ritt Stadium)

Finals
5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at Dexter HS (Al Ritt Stadium)

 

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