By Mike Willamson- firstname.lastname@example.org
It took an early goal and a stellar goaltending effort, but the Dexter soccer team slipped by Pinckney 1-0 to remain near the top of the SEC White standings.
The Dreadnaughts controlled most of the action, but when Pinckney did get their chances they were on target.
Dexter freshman goaltender Wiley Smith came up with several big saves in each half to keep the Pirates off the board and earn the shutout.
The Dreads struck early when Hayden Newton beat a Pirate defender down the left side and sent a crossing pass in front of the net, sophomore Nick Williamson made a sliding kick at it and lifted it into the top of the net for a 1-0 Dreadnaught lead.
The Pirates tried to fight back but Smith made a diving save to his left to keep them off the board. Moments later the Dreadnaughts were called for a handball in the box, giving Pinckney a penalty kick.
Smith made a diving save to his right of the PK and had to scramble to his feet and make another save as the rebound came out away from the net.
Dexter had several scoring opportunities, but the goaltending by Pirate goalkeeper Zack DeRoeck and a few misfires by the Dreads kept the score 1-0 at the half.
DeRoeck came through time and time again with sliding saves and was able to tip a shot wide on a Dreadnaughts breakaway forcing it to trickle outside the left post.
The Dreadnaughts came out the second half and carried all the action for the better part of the first 20 minutes, but the Pirates came to life.
Pinckney forced a corner kick and on the attempt through the center, Smith punched the ball away from the net, it went right to a Pirate forward who launched a kick that soared just over the top of the net to keep it 1-0.
Just a few short moments later the Pirates had a near breakaway and got a shot off that went just wide to the right of the net.
The Pirates would get another corner chance, but the pass was too far away for any damage.
Pinckney got one more shot on goal late, but Smith was there to cover it.
The win improved the Dreadnaughts record to 5-1-1 in the White. They trail Jackson 5-0-2 by one point in the standings.
Pinckney fell to 2-2-3 in the conference.
Pictures by Mike Williamson