Bitter rivals met for the third time this season in the Division 2 soccer district title and for the third time this season the Dexter team came out on top of Chelsea, this time 1-0 to take home the trophy and move on to this week’s regional.
The Dreadnaughts got a big boost when senior captain Alex Doletzky returned to the field from a broken foot that had sidelined him for most of the season.
Doletzky’s return was the key as he scored in the first half to give the Dreadnaughts a 1-0 lead and what turned out to be the only goal of the contest. Hayden Newton picked up the assist on the goal.
The Dexter defense did the rest, keeping the Bulldogs off the board with Wylie Smith earning the shutout in net for Dexter.
The Dreadnaughts reached the finals with a pair of hard-fought victories.
Dexter opened the week with a tough 1-0 overtime win over South Lyon East. After a scoreless regulation, the teams had to play two 10 minute overtime periods.
Sam Harshe scored in the first overtime period to give the Dreads a 1-0 lead. The teams must still play the full overtime periods and Dexter was able to hold off East to advance to the semifinals.
The semifinals saw the Dreadnaughts defeat Mason 2-0.
Nick Williamson gave the Dreads a 1-0 lead off of a set play on a direct kick as he picked up a rebound and found the top of the net with just under 20 minutes left in the half.
Dexter made it 2-0 on another set play on a corner kick. Williamson tapped it into Noah Lewis who tapped it back and Williamson lofted a pass toward the net that Newton headed home.
The game got chippy in the second half with several yellow cards and a red card was handed out.
Newton was taken down in the box and drilled home a penalty kick to make it 3-0. Mason would get one back to make it 3-1, but that is as close as they would get.
Dexter advances to the Regional at Ortonville-Brandon. They opened play Tuesday night against Goodrich. If they advance the finals are Thursday night at 7:00.
Pictures by Dawn Miller