Abby Tamer led the Dreadnaughts with three goals against the Bulldogs on Aug. 26. Photo by Lynne Beauchamp

By: Seth Kinker,

The Dexter Dreadnaught Field Hockey team (2-0) shut out the Chelsea Bulldogs (0-2) on Aug. 26 at Al Ritt Stadium by a final score of 5-0.

A dominating first half set the tone as the Dreadnaughts kept a clean sheet on the way to the win on a rainy Monday afternoon. Michigan Field Hockey commit and junior Abby Tamer led the team with a hat trick with junior Kylee Niswonger adding the other two goals for the Dreadnaughts.

Both sides return starters with experience but have key positions to fill as well from last year’s seniors moving on.


Possession was in the Dreadnaughts favor all night as they had spent much of the game on the Bulldog side of the field.

After two early Dreadnaught corners the Bulldogs had their first quality look on a counter with ten minutes into the first half. Bulldog Grace Lane played a lofted ball deflected by a Dreadnaught defender that Bulldog Madison Vogel ran onto before Dreadnaught goalkeeper Maggie Jones made the save.

With 19:39 the Dreadnaughts broke through, Tamer receiving the ball open in the middle of the field before scoring.

The Bulldogs took a timeout with 16:17 in the first half to regroup.

“We were just noticing that Dexter had control of the whole game, they were dribbling around us,” said Bulldog assistant coach Casey Fry. “We talked about staying on your mark, cutting off the passing lanes. Dexter’s really good at ball handling.”

After three more Dreadnaught corners they struck again, Tamer took the ball on the right and bounced a ball across to Niswonger at that far post for the 2-0 lead with 7:39.

Tamer scored one more with 20 seconds left in the first half for the 3-0 lead.

Less than a minute into the second half, Niswonger scored her second of the game to give the Dreadnaughts the 4-0 lead. Shortly after that, Jones left the game with a clean sheet, giving way to Esther Hashikawa who had a few kick saves to keep the Bulldogs off the board.

The Dreadnaughts scored their final goal with 24:54 in the second half, Niswonger passed a short corner into Tamer who neatly dodged a few Bulldog defenders before firing home her third goal.

A young Bulldog team with eight or nine freshmen, Fry told The Sun Times there was a lot of learning to be done.

“It was really helpful for the girls on our bench to see how Dexter moves the ball and how they work as a team,” said Fry. “Their passing is incredible, that’s something we can really learn from them.”

The Bulldogs won small pockets of possession late in the second half and will look to build on that progress later this week with two more games

The Dreadnaughts travel to Skyline on 8/28 and host Forest Hills Central on 8/29.

The Bulldogs host Pioneer on 8/28 and Brighton on 8/29.


Photos by Lynne Beauchamp