Hayden Newton (27) taps in the winning goal off the assist from Noah Lewis. Photo by Mike Williamson

In an early-season battle between soccer rivals, Dexter handed Chelsea its first SEC White loss of the season Thursday night, defeating the Bulldogs 3-1.

The Dreads moved into a second-place tie with Chelsea with 2-1-1 records in the SEC White. Tecumseh sits atop the standings with a 3-0-1 record.

Dexter struck quickly as Hayden Newton took a pass just outside the box and lofted a long shot that found the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead just 1:19 into the contest.


The Dreadnaughts would continue to carry most of the first half action that saw them collect seven corner kicks, but Bulldog sophomore goaltender Connor McKenzie made some three big diving saves to keep the Dreads off the board.

Chelsea did not get many scoring chances in the first half but capitalized on the one that they did when Nathan Quintana broke free down the right side, he sent a centering pass to Jacob Schultz, who drilled it into the net from about 20-yards out to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal sparked the Bulldogs and the teams played evenly the last 13 minutes of the first half.

The team continued to play close to start the second half, but seven minutes in, the Dreadnaughts launched a shot from the far right that got by McKenzie, who was screened by a Dexter forward, and the loose ball rolled in front of the net where an opportunistic Newton was there to tap ball into the wide-open net for a 2-1 Dreadnaught lead.

Dexter sealed the win with 15 minutes left when Nick Williamson sent in a nice lead pass that sent Sam Harshe in alone on net, he drilled it into the left corner for a 3-1 Dread lead.

Chelsea did not quit and picked up a few scoring chances, including two from point-blank range in the final minute of play, but Dexter freshman goaltender Wyley Smith made some nice saves to keep the final 3-1.

Harshe added two assists to go with his goal for Dexter.

Earlier in the week, the Dreadnaughts routed Ypsilanti Lincoln 8-0.

Matthew Roller and Simone Bulanti scored two goals each, while Harshe, Jake Avery, Riley Cyrulnik, and Nick Uranga each scored one.