Griffins push past runner-up Acadiana at Bayou Invitational

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Caleb Alexander fights for possession against an Acadiana midfielder in the Griffins’ 2-1 victory at the Bayou Invitational Friday afternoon at the Burbank Soccer Complex.

BATON?ROUGE?­– Dutchtown broke a halftime tie and held off Acadiana for a 2-1 victory Friday afternoon in pool play at the Bayou Invitational Champion’s Cup Tournament at Burbank?Soccer Complex.

The host Griffins (3-1-3), advanced out of pool play but fell to Jesuit 4-1 in the Silver Division Semifinals Saturday afternoon. Dutchtown opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie against Menard Friday morning and tied Captain Shreve 1-1 Saturday morning to conclude pool play.

Jesuit defeated Acadiana 2-0 in the final after the Rams won a 3-1 penalty kick shootout with Catholic in the semifinals.

East Ascension (2-1-2) tied Rummel 2-2 to open their pool play Friday morning before falling to Jesuit 3-0 in the afternoon. The Spartans tied Baton?Rouge 1-1 Saturday morning.

Ryan Reid connected on a long shot into the back left corner of the goal from the center of the field while being defended to put Dutchtown ahead of Acadiana eight minutes into the second half.

Ricky Lawrence nearly put the Griffins ahead a few minutes earlier on a breakaway that almost pulled the goalie out of the box.

Goalkeeper Adam Pittman preserved the victory by snatching a penalty kick in the closing minutes.

“Acadiana is a top 10 team and it was a good test,” Dutchtown head coach Larry Chambless said. “(Reid) just kind of turned and  hit it right. It was a good shot. Penalty kicks are kind of like free throws in basketball. You are not supposed to miss them. (Pittman) guessed it right and he held onto it. Normally, if you are able your hands on it, it is point blank and you can’t hold onto it but he did a good job.”

All of Jesuit’s goals game within a 10-minute period in the first half.

East Ascension's Brandon Ruiz had a free kick that was headed out in the opening minutes before Jesuit cracked the scoreboard on Patrick Culotta’s side shot in the 12th minute.

Goalie Jade Tomeny saved the Blue Jay’s next attempt before Jordan Schwatz fed a driving Alexi Petrou two minutes later. Petrou’s kick over Tomeny capped the scoring a minute later.

“They have so much depth. Just look at their bench,” East Ascension head coach Bruno VanMoer said. “They have enough players to put two teams on the field. We didn’t have as much depth with some injuries but you have to give Jesuit some credit. They are a very strong team. They don’t give you the time to get back on your feet and regain momentum. They just keep stabbing you. As soon as they score they are on the attack again.”

Throw ins by Ruiz and Jared Hill near the goal were kicked out before goalie Joseph Hart caught Arian Hernandez’s corner kick in the closing minutes.

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East Ascension's Sergio Ramirez defends Jesuit’s Patrick Warwick in the first half of the Blue Jay’s 3-1 victory Friday afternoon at the Bayou Invitational.