The Saline varsity soccer team tied Dexter, 1-1, to conclude the 2018 spring season. Lauren Rubin scored Saline’s goal. Sammi Corcoran scored for Dexter.
The SEC Red champion Hornets finished the season with a 10-4-3 record. The Hornets were 8-0-2 in the SEC.
Saline was the better team for the first 45 minutes Thursday – although Dexter did have chances.
Early in the contest, Morgan Jones fetched a loose ball after a Genesis Pena corner kick. Jones made one quick move to buy some room and then kicked a hard shot a yard wide of the goal. A couple minutes later, Jones spearheaded a dangerous rush up the left wing and fired a 22-yard shot caught by the keeper.
At the seven-minute mark, Saline keeper Annika Udrys made a good stop on a 30-yard free kick from the center. Udrys went to her left and caught the ball.
With 11:37 to play in the half, Udrys was called on to make another important stop. There was a scramble in front of the Saline goal and the ball popped out of a scrum to a Dexter girl to the right of the net. She fired a hard, high shot. Udrys leaped and batted it away.
Saline went back on the attack. Nora Udrys used her speed to create a dangerous rush up the left wing and fire a shot on goal from about 12 yards.
Finally, Saline broke the dam with 4:53 to play. Pena fired a corner kick into a crowd in front of the goal. Rubin got to the ball first and kicked the bouncing ball into the corner of the goal. Saline led 1-0.
Dexter was the better team for much of the second half. The Dreadnaughts generated two quality shots in the opening two minutes, forcing Annika Udrys to make two saves.
Saline had a glorious chance to get an insurance goal just beyond five minutes into the half. The officials awarded Saline a free kick from 20 yards. But the Hornets failed to get a shot away.
Dexter carried the play for most of the remainder of the game.
With 11:29 to play, Dexter won control of the ball after a corner kick. The Dreadnaught player centered Corcoran who came rushing in and fired a low, skidding shot just beyond the reach of the diving Udrys.
Coach Dana Rosselot said her team was tired on the play.
“We’d been trying to sub and we couldn’t. We were a little tired and didn’t play that as well as we could have,” Rosselot said.
Nora Udrys had a dangerous rush for a potential game-winning goal with about three minutes to play but was thwarted when ball got away from her as the goalie came out to challenge.
Saline turns its attention to the post season. The Hornets open at 5 p.m., Tuesday, at Ypsilanti Lincoln. The winner plays May 31 at 7 p.m., against either Huron or Ypsilanti. The championship game is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Skyline. Pioneer, Belleville and Skyline are on the other side of the bracket.
The Hornets are looking to repeat as district champs and have a long playoff run.
“We’ve shown that we can play with anyone in the state,” Rosselot said. “We need to be at the top of our game. I’m excited to see what this team accomplishes.”
Here are the Saline Post’s 3 Stars of the Game
- Annika Udrys – Saline’s goalie had no chance on the goal against and she made several great saves or the Hornets would have lost.
- Lauren Rubin – The fabulous freshman scored the Hornets’ only goal.
- Morgan Jones – Was dangerous offensively, especially in the first half, and had a couple of dominating sequences.