By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dexter Dreadnaught girls soccer team, 6-1-3 (5-0-2), tied the Southeastern Conference (SEC) White
There was familiarity on both sides, Dreadnaught head coach Jaime Lewis knows Pirate head coach Tom Greeley from his time at Dexter and Lewis said many of the players know each other from playing club soccer together.
“I got a scouting report on almost every player from their team from our girls,” said Lewis.
It was a back and forth game all night with both teams having portions of the game where they held possession and control of the pace. The Pirates probably had a slight advantage in possession, but the Dreadnaughts capitalized on their chances.
After the first fifteen minutes of back and forth
Defensively the Pirates were led by junior Kylie Cabana, who finished with an assist, and junior Katie Turner anchoring the back line with junior Kaila Simpson minding the net.
Turner had the best chance for the Dreadnaughts with around 13 minutes remaining in the first half, a shot outside the 18-yard box went just above the crossbar.
Dreadnaught forward Carley Curry had a defensive clearance in the box with around six minutes left and Simpson came off her line to make a save as well as the score remained tied at zero heading into the half.
At halftime, with this game being the second of a back-to-back, Lewis told The
“We decided to put three forward and play a little more offensive and direct because we were having trouble keeping the ball and creating chances,” said Lewis. “And it worked, we got a goal pretty quick.”
Five minutes into the second half, Curry, who only made the switch to forward this year and has been the leading scorer for the Dreadnaughts, continued her great transition to the forward position by slotting home a pass from freshman Briana Rodriguez that split the Pirate defenders to give the Dreadnaughts a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates would respond less than five minutes later, a deep cross found Pirate senior Alayna Moricz in the box who was promptly taken down. Pirate senior
Simpson saved the initial Bonifas shot, but Bonifas followed up her own shot to score and give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Answering quickly, the Dreadnaughts scored off of a free kick just over the midfield line. Cabana lofted a ball towards the Pirate goal, it came down in the box, and Currey was able to get a foot on it for her second goal of the night.
Both sides had
“It’s good for us,” said Lewis on the game. “(We’re) still missing some of our regular starters, dealing with lots of injuries and playing back to back days, I couldn’t be happier. A lot of grit and fight to get a result, it keeps us in the race for the SEC.”