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Dearborn High takes over first place in KLAA East with revenge win against Belleville – Press and Guide

Dearborn High girls soccer players celebrate after the final buzzer of a 2-1 win at home over Belleville on May 8, 2024. The win clinched the Pioneers first place in the KLAA East Division with two conference games remaining. . (SAMANTHA ELLIOTT – for MediaNews Group)

DEARBORN – The last time the Dearborn girls soccer team lost a game was April 11, and it was at the hands of KLAA East rival Belleville.

Nearly a month later, the Pioneers kept their win streak alive by avenging their early-season defeat with a 2-1 victory over the same Tigers in front of their home crowd.

It arrived a day later than planned thanks to spring storms in Michigan. It was a come-from-behind effort, but two first-half goals and an intense final few minutes gave Dearborn the win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls Soccer – Belleville vs Dearborn High

“We talk about it all the time,” coach Tony Ventura said he wasn’t worried. “Whatever happens, keep your head up and keep playing. Especially with such an early goal, there is still so much time in the game.”

Belleville took the lead in the opening minutes, but the Pioneers didn’t panic at the early deficit. There was still quite a bit of time left, but it didn’t take long for the Pioneers to score the equalizer.

With 31:16 to go, Sienna Mroue picked up a long pass from Sarina Farhat and, with Belleville goalkeeper Addison Tulik out of position, sent the ball straight into the back of the net to tie the game at one piece.

Dearborn kept up the pressure with scoring opportunities, but was called offside several times in the following minutes. A goal was even completely canceled before they could officially get the go-ahead.

The goal came with 23:15 left in the first half when Nadine Jawad picked up a pass from the corner and fought just over the outstretched Tulik for what would be the game-winner.

Despite now having the lead, the Pioneers knew the rest of the game wouldn’t be easy.

It was a goal midway through the first half from No. 2 in Black Nadine Jawad that broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Dearborn to a key 2-1 win at home over KLAA East foe Belleville on May 8, 2024. (SAMANTHA ELLIOTT – for MediaNews Group)

“We knew we were going to have a battle and it was going to be a close game,” Ventura said. “(We) just stuck to our philosophy and believed in our abilities.

“We’re a good football team,” Ventura added. “And when we play as a team, we are very difficult to beat.”

Ventura said he didn’t want to take anything away from the first time the two teams met, but did note that Dearborn didn’t have several key players.

“My bench played that whole game,” he said. “I knew Belleville wouldn’t know what we had. We were missing some key players who were key players in today’s game and they didn’t see them.”