By: Seth Kinker, email@example.com
The Dexter Dreadnaught girls soccer team, 11-1-4 (9-0-2), defeated rival Chelsea, 6-8 (6-5), in Chelsea on May 13 to secure the season sweep over the Bulldogs.
In the end, the Dreadnaughts had the answers to the Bulldogs and came away with the 4-2 win. After a 1-0 loss on May 3, the Bulldogs moved some players around this time around to try and get their playmakers to the middle with the hope of getting the ball wider for service.
For the Dreadnaughts, it was about working the attack with their forwards along with adjusting their line up as they continue to get healthier.
The Dreadnaughts took an early lead after the Bulldogs conceded a free kick from 24-yards out. Dreadnaught junior Kylie Cabana proceeded to fire a rocket over the keepers head for the 1-0 lead 4:44 into the game.
After that, the Bulldogs were the ones who stepped up, gaining more possession and pushing higher into the Dreadnaught half. Bulldog freshman Breigha Vowles controlled the midfield and Dreadnaught head coach Jaime Lewis acknowledged her impact.
“Vowles today,” said Lewis. “(She) controlled the game for them. She was amazing, she’s a lot to handle.”
With 26:00 in the first half, a pass from Dreadnaught senior Annika Brodersen found senior McKenna Graham for a wide-open shot near the top of the box that just missed the inside of the left post.
A few minutes later, the Dreadnaughts would score after freshman Briana Rodriguez got a foot on the ball in the box after a cross from Graham to put the Dreadnaughts up 2-0.
Less than two minutes after that, junior Katie Turner played a perfectly weighted ball ahead to
The Bulldogs would get chances as the first half went on, getting the ball in the box a few times but not being able to get a quality shot on goal. The Dreadnaught defensive backline of sophomore Anna Scaling, Cabana, sophomore Faith Renaud, and sophomore Mia Stewart were solid throughout the night, clearing away Bulldog passes.
Finally, the Bulldogs were able to break through and get a goal with 6:36 left in the first half.
Bulldog sophomore Jessica Emmert had early success on the right wing and won a corner which led to the goal. Vowles played a ball into the box that Bulldog sophomore Andrew Kowalski beat everyone to it, heading it into the back of the net to cut the Dreadnaught lead to 3-1, with that score carrying into the half.
At the break, Lewis wanted to keep high pressure, something he said they didn’t do.
“A good lesson learned for the kids,” said Lewis. “Especially in a rivalry game, don’t go out in the second half thinking you have it in hand.”
Coming out of the break the Bulldogs momentum continued, striking early in the half to make it a game. Bulldog senior Sam Pagliarini hit a free kick in from 19-yards out to make the score 3-2 with 32:21 remaining in the game.
Brodersen sealed the game with 23:00 left, up ahead again, poking the ball past the keeper to make it 4-2.
“It felt so good (to score),” said Brodersen, an exchange student on the team this year, on her two goals. “It has been so fun,
Over those last 23 minutes, the Bulldogs had a
A last look came with 4:30 left, a Bulldog corner, but the Dreadnaught defense cleared it away and the game ended 4-2.
The win sets the Dreadnaughts up for a chance to win the SEC White title outright, they play Pinckney, 12-2-2 (9-1-1), on May 20 in their second meeting of the season. They tied 2-2 on Apr. 23.
“I’m really proud of them,” said Lewis after the game.” Just a lot of adversity in that game for them to be able to settle themselves and control the game. I was really happy with their composure.”