Dexter, Washtenaw Whippets field hockey advance; Thursday's soccer district games postponed
After playing to a scoreless first half in the opening round of the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association playoffs, the Dexter High School field hockey team dominated Grand Rapids Forest Hills and kept its season alive with a 3-0 win Thursday.
Dexter controlled the second half, with Flocken’s first goal off a penalty stroke in two minutes and 41 seconds in, opening the floodgates. Hannah Schrock scored the middle goal for Dexter with Flocken capping the scoring with 3:18 remaining.
“Forest Hills came out with a purpose in the first half,” coach Craig Flocken said. “Give credit to Forest Hills, they played extremely tough.”
Craig Flocken said it was the type of game where the first goal was going to be key. He also said that in the second half, Dexter started playing its system instead of the way Forest Hills wanted them to play.
He felt the first goal relaxed his team.
The Dreadnaughts outshot Forest Hills 13-2 for the game and held them without a shot in the second half. Sarah Prielippwas credited with the two saves and a shutout in goal for the Dreadnaughts.
WASHTENAW WHIPPETS 3, GROSSE POINTE NORTH 2Twins Maggie and Megan Cole -- two of the Washtenaw Whippets' four eighth grade starters -- combined for all three goals of the team's goals. The win is the first postseason victory in the eight-year history of the Whippets' program.
Maggie Cole gave the Whippets a 1-0 lead just one minute into the game, but North tied the score just two minutes later. Megan Cole gave the Whippets a 2-1 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the first half off an assist from her sister. Maggie Cole gave the Whippets an insurance goal before the half. North pulled within one with two minutes remaining.
“Our girls were incredibly focused and offensive, I can’t believe these shots on goal,” said co-coach Leslie Fry, who was “ecstatic” about the milestone win. The Whippets outshot Grosse Pointe North 27-4 and had 12 offensive corners. Hannah Moore had two saves in goal for the Whippets.
“We played like whippets today,” she said of the small, fast and tenacious dogs.
The Whippets will play Huron at 2 p.m. Saturday at Huron High School. The River Rats are defending state champions and the top seed in this year's playoffs.
SOCCER PLAYOFFS POSTPONED
The Division 2 district semifinals at Mason High School were postponed due to poor field conditions on Thursday. Dexter was scheduled to play Eaton Rapids at 5 p.m. and Chelsea was to play Mason at 7 p.m. The games have been moved to Friday with the same scheduled kickoffs.