By Alex Hardie
Three teams couldn’t stop the Dexter Dreadnaughts from winning the 2nd annual Oxford Soccer Invitational on Saturday.
The boys varsity soccer team traveled to Oxford High School for a match against the host Wildcats. Dexter struck first with a 40-yard free-kick serve from Luke Basick that connected with a well placed header by Max Amann half way thru the first half.
Sophomore Nils Valdmanis doubled the Dexter lead in the second half when he received a pass from Bobby Toth and shot it in from about 20 yards out to the far upper corner of the goal.
Rhys Moller went the distance in goal for the teams fourth shut-out of the season.
The second game saw the Dexter face-off against the Dragons from Lake Orion. Seven minutes into the game, Valmanis took a corner for the Dreads and served it onto the airborne head of Evan Burke for the lead. The Dreads would have to wait until 10 minutes left in the half to go up 2-0 when Cory Poirier picked up a ball and dribbled end line and fired a bullet from eight yards out.
Jake Kilian received a ball inside the box and laid it off to Bobby Toth to extend the lead going into the half with six minutes on the clock. Dexter continued the quality play in the second half and was rewarded after some solid defending when Kilian picked up a miss cleared ball by the Dragons and scored the final goal for a 4-0 win, advancing the Dreads into the championship match.
Facing their third team of the tournament, and a third Division 1 opponent, the Dreadnaughts challenge was the second ranked Colts from Troy. Troy scored an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game. Midway through the half, Max Amann got the Dreads on the board when he received a ball and fired a long shot from 30 yards out.
The 1-1 score stayed up on the board for the rest of the match.
The two teams entered a penalty kick shoot-out round, with the Dread’s Bobby Toth scoring the winning point.
The Dreadnaughts (7-2-1), will face Huron and Bedford next week.