| 2 min. read | by: Seth Kinker, email@example.com |
The division one field hockey playoffs began for the no. 1 seeded Dexter Dreadnaughts (18-2-2) on Oct. 22 against the no. 8 seed, Detroit Country Day (DCD).
On Sept. 9, the Dreads defeated DCD 7-0. On Oct. 22, the score was different but the winner was the same.
It was all Dreads early on, as they had eight first half corners compared to one for DCD.
The Dreads would strike first two minutes and nine seconds into the game when junior, and Maryland Field Hockey commit, Kylee Niswonger got a tip on a corner for the first Dread goal.
Then, with 2:53 left in the first half, the Dreads struck again. This time it was junior, and Michigan Field Hockey commit, Abby Tamer with a backhand shot after a DCD penalty to make it 2-0.
With under two minutes to go, DCD got their first corner of the game but Dread senior defender Claire Vaughn stopped the cross and cleared it to neutralize the threat.
In the second half, both sides would battle back and forth. DCD would have a few more counters but the Dread defense handled them while the offense still had most of the possession.
The Dreads broke through just over halfway through the second half after three consecutive Dread corners.
On the third; a pass in found Tamer, who dished it to Niswonger, who got a backhand shot off for her second goal of the evening to give the Dreads the 3-0 lead with 15:25 left.
Dread senior goalie Maggie Jones had the save of the game with just under ten minutes left. A DCD corner led to a rocket from the circle but Jones saw it coming, slid, and kicked out her leg to deflect the shot wide.
In the semifinals, the Dreads will play the fourth seed, Marion, who defeated Ann Arbor Huron, 5-0, on Oct. 24. The Dreads tied Marion (3-3) on Sept. 18.
Photos by Dawn Miller