DEXTER---- Bobbie Chambers scored the game winning goal to lead the Dexter Tigers girls soccer team to a 3-2 homecoming game victory over the Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) Pirates on Saturday morning.
"I am proud of her. Being a senior at homecoming,"Dexter coach Jody Grant said. "That is quite a thing for her to be able to walk off the field scoring the game winning goal."
The Tigers scored the only goal of the first half when sophomore Skyler Theodore put a ball in the back of the net just 8:21 into the contest.
Lucinda Wingert evened the game when she scored off a pass from Alex Speed with 34:17 remaining in the second half.
The Tigers responded just 2:20 later when Theodore scored her second goal of the game. Theodore has three goals this season. Each of her goals have come against the Pirates.
"She (Theodore) has had a wonderful season. She has done a great job settling in at the left halfback spot,"Grant said. "She is a smart enough kid to be at the right place at the right time."
The Pirates tied the score when Wingert scored her second goal of the game. She booted a direct kick that went through Dexter defenders and goalie Tasha Pratt.
The game remained tied until Chambers scored her goal with 5:08 remaining. Michaela White set up the play with a beautiful pass.
"We just needed to score. She was where she needed to be,"White said. "Great ball by her and thankfully she got it in."
Chambers added, "I told my halfback Skyler (Theodore) that we needed to score. I told her that I didn't care if it was her scoring her third goal or me. It didn't matter, it was going in the back of the net."
The Tigers came together as a team after a 5-4 season opening loss to Searsport. Dexter has gone 9-0-2 since that loss and have outscored their opponents 36-6.
"We are a family. We go out with a common goal,"Chambers said. "We are going to score together, win together, lose together, tie together. We don't want to lose again."
Goalie Tasha Pratt made six saves on 13 shots in goal for the Tigers. Pratt took over in goal after the season opening loss. Pratt has recorded 52 saves and seven shutouts since that time.
Goalie is not Pratt's preferred position. Her stepping in, is just part of the unselfishness with this group of Tigers.
"I do not think they care who gets the credit as long as the scoreboard at the end has us on top They do not care who scores as long as someone does,"Grant said. "It is a wonderful group to be able to coach because of that. In a "me" society which I think we live a lot in today, for kids to care more about "we" more than "me" is really important."
Chambers recorded two assists for the Tigers.
Dexter (9-1-2) is currently third in the MPA class C heal point standings. They finish the regular season with games against Orono and George Stevens.
Delani Bennett recorded 13 saves on 21 shots for the Pirates.
PCHS (7-4-1) currently sits 12th in the class C heal point standings.
The Pirates will need to finish the season strong to grab one of the 11 tournament spots. They have Central and Greenville left on the schedule.