Chelsea blanks Mercy to become Division 1 Regular Season Champions with help from Dexter

Chelsea blanks Mercy to become Division 1 Regular Season Champions with help from Dexter

Chelsea, Your 2015 Division 1 Regular Season Field Hockey Champions
By Al Wright
on October 15, 2015 8:47 PM, updated October 15, 2015 9:37 PM

A lot was on the line this afternoon and Chelsea knew it. They were tied for first place with Ann Arbor Skyline and they needed a Dexter win or tie against Skyline to be the Division 1 champions. But they couldn’t worry about that. Coach Fry had them focused on the task at hand, to play their best like they’ve done all season and defeat Farmington Hills Mercy. As the game got underway at Pierce Lake Field you could see the determination on each girls face. In spite of the 50 degree cold and the ever increasing breeze, the team came out strong and stayed that way. Everytime Mercy got to the ball, there was a Bulldog there. They were picking off passes, cutting off the passing lanes, and taking away the middle of the field. Chelsea was determined.

At about the 8 minute mark off a penalty corner, Jessi Olmsted passed the ball to Gabbie Wink, and like she’s done before, took the pass and one timed the ball past the Marlin goalie for the first score of the game. The game play was predominantly down in the Marlins end as Chelsea just kept the pressure on. At about the 3 minute mark of the second half it was a hard playing, determined Madalyn Allen blasting the ball past the goalie in a scrum of players each trying to get to the ball. Allen used her strength and dedication to get that ball in the goal for the second goal of the game, her second of the year.

And although it was very cold as the bundled up home crowd was showing, you’d never know it because Chelsea was hot! A minute after Allen’s goal it was Senior Captain Maggie Cole who slapped a rocket  shot past a stunned Marlin goalie to put Chelsea up 3-0. It was Cole’s team leading 16th goal on the season. At about the 13 minute mark it was Bulldog exchange student Rose Barelds with a wicked, hard shot that just whizzed past the goalie and put Chelsea up 4-0. That is where it would stay as Chelsea finished the night with 13 shots and 14 penalty corners. Mercy finished with one shot on goal and no penalty corners!

As the team celebrated their well deserved and hard fought victory, they knew they had to wait until the Dexter/Skyline game,

Gabbie Wink’s shot on goal is good for the first goal of the night(Al Wright)

which didn’t begin until 7, to find out if they would have to share first place or have sole possession of it. Everyone was secretly their rival Dexter’s fan tonight. At 8:24 P.M. the news everyone was anxiously awaiting for came in. Dexter defeated Skyline and Chelsea had sole possession of first place!  Many cheers would go up and tears would be shed as Chelsea achieved the first part of their mission thanks to great coaching, solid team play, tough defense, and excellent parent and fan support. But Chelsea isn’t done yet. They will prepare and practice and get ready to play their hardest  in the playoffs.

Jessi Olmsted celebrates a Chelsea goal(Al Wright)

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