BLESSED: Lady Griffins use quick start to dominate East Ascension ?
GEISMAR – Dutchtown scored two goals within the first eight minutes and added another in the first four minutes of the second half on way to a 6-0 District 6-I shutout of East Ascension Tuesday night at Griffin Field.
Lindi Robichaux provided two goals for the No. 2 ranked Lady Griffins (14-0-3, 3-0), while Lexi Gibbs, Chelsea Cruthirds, Megan Romaire and Annie Etzel each added one goal apiece.
“We are blessed,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “We told them at halftime that if they played with the same kind of intensity that they played with before, then we could finish well. EA played well controlling the field spaces but it was difficult for their defense to control three people trying to shoot.”
Taylor Kelley led Dutchtown’s defense also consisting of Jaynie Stewart, Baige Lipoma and Erica Sweeney, with seven saves.
“Dutchtown is a quality outfit and we are just trying to compete with them,” East Ascension head coach Christopher Goodall said. “They are an exceptional team. The two early goals made it pretty tough but we were pleased to go the rest of the half scoreless. Even though we were a little disappointed at the way the game started I thought in the first half we did well. We had to score if we were going to stay alive and have any chance and we fizzled out.
“When you play a team with one good player, we can handle that, but when it is three and they spread the field like that, it makes it tough. You can maybe neutralize one and keep them quiet but there are still two others running. When you have three high level players like they do and a very good support cast, it makes it very tough. They are special and you know on any given night, it could be any one of three that can beat you.”
Chelsea Griggs provided eight saves for East Ascension (10-5-1, 2-1).
Dutchtown took the first three shots of the game before Jordan Guedry’s pass to Rebecca Austin failed to find the goal.
The Lady Griffins got on the board with 34:15 left to play in the first half when Romaire converted a left footed shot from Cruthirds that was ignited by Gibbs.
Gibbs’ cross from a throw in near the boundary put Dutchtown ahead 2-0 two minutes later. Romaire’s next two attempts were wide left and right.
Kristen Simoneaux’s free kick went wide right before Gibbs’ dish to Cruthirds just in front of the goal was saved by Griggs.
Kelley grabbed Janel Boylan’s free kick before Romaire’s drive drew Griggs out of the box. Cruthirds then send a shot wide left before Robichaux’s corner kick was kicked out by the Lady Spartans.
Jenna Cornes’ far shot attempt was gathered by Kelley before Haley Gautreau stole Gibbs breakaway with under two minutes to play and Griggs gathered Robichaux’s corner kick.
Gibbs fed Etzel just in front of the goal to put Dutchtown ahead 3-0 with 36:25 left to play in the second half.
Kelley gathered Simoneaux’s free kick before Gibb’s breakaway and Cruthird’s turnaround were wide right. Another Simoneaux free kick was headed out before Griggs’ corralled Robichaux’s corner kick.
Robichaux added another goal with 12:25 left to play after a previous attempt off a spin hit the up bar. Cruthrids finished the damage by converting a penalty kick past Griggs with 6:15 left to play after Robichaux floated a breakaway for a goal less than two minutes earlier.
Kelley stopped Marissa Sanchez and Alyssa LeBlanc’s attempts in the closing minutes before Cruthirds was wide right.
Dutchtown travels to St. Amant Friday night, while East Ascension hosts Destrehan. The Lady Griffins and Lady Spartans meet again Jan. 19 at Spartan Stadium.