Marshall falls to Dexter in soccer regional

Marshall falls to Dexter in soccer regional

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Marshall falls to Dexter in soccer regional

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Marshall’s unlikely playoff run came to an end on Tuesday night when the Redhawks lost 2-0 to Dexter in Division 2 regional semifinal play at Vicksburg High School.

After winning only two games in the regular season, the Redhawks strung together back-to-back playoff wins, earning themselves a district championship, before running into a tough Dexter Dreadnaughts team on Tuesday.

Even in Tuesday’s loss, Marshall demonstrated that it was not the same team that went 2-15 in the regular season, as the Redhawks were just a big play or two away against a Dreadnaught team that is 18-5-3 on the year.

Neither team drew blood for the game’s first 38:40, but with 1:20 left in the half, Dexter’s Bobby Toth scored a breakaway goal on a long pass from Max Amann.

Marshall was on the defensive as Dexter controlled the ball deep in Redhawks territory for most of the game. Solid defensive play, particularly from senior goaltender Peter Richey, held Dexter’s potent offensive attack at bay.

Richley made several nice stops in net, often when he was far outside the goalie box, cutting down the angle between the player and the goal.

“Our center backs kept it tight. Matt Murphy and Phillip Delepas saved my butt a few times,” said Richley, who finished with nine saves. “We didn’t let them score until 1:20 left in the half and for a team that went 2-15-1 in the regular season, that’s pretty good against a great team like Dexter.”

The second half was much like the first, with the Dreadnaught offense pressing and Marshall’s defense doing its best to hang tough.

But with 15 minutes left in the game, Dexter’s Cory Poirier rocketed a shot on goal. Richley made a diving save, but the deflection bounced right to David Innis, who buried it in the back of the net, giving Dexter a 2-0 lead.

With the win Dexter advances to the regional finals next Thursday night, where it will play against the winner of Mason and Mattawan .

The loss sends Marshall home for the season, but the Redhawks’ heads held high as they left the field, knowing they put together a memorable finish to their season.

“Before districts, I was ready to be done with soccer, Richley said. “But once we started winning, I was like ‘all right, I’m starting to enjoy this a little more.'”

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