Griffins sink EA in overtime to remain undefeated in district

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Ricky Lawrence attempts to drive past East Ascension’s Robinson Almeida in the second half of the Griffins’ 3-2 District 6-I overtime victory Tuesday night at Spartan Stadium.

Dutchtown scored less than three minutes into overtime to end a deadlock with East Ascension that lasted over 40 minutes and held on for 3-2 District 6-I victory Tuesday night at Spartan Stadium.

Ryan Reid converted a header just in front of the goal from Ricky Lawrence after Tyler Sarrazin passed back to him off a throw in.

The victory kept the Griffins (15-3-3, 7-0) undefeated in district play with three games remaining.

“This is what we needed going into the playoffs,” Dutchtown head coach Larry Chambless said. “It was an intense game in a playoff atmosphere with everybody giving everything. We were right here last year and had a slip up and that is still sitting in our bellies right now so we have some unfinished business. We have been drilling into the kids’ heads this year that we need to finish strong and make sure we take care of the games we are supposed to win.”

“We jumped up on them pretty quick in the first half and were kind of feeling good about ourselves but going into halftime, they had totally changed the momentum and it kind of took the wind out of our sails. We knew each other when we came into the season because we play each other every year. This year, both games were intense.”

Sarrazin, Lawrence and Reid each scored for Dutchtown, while Adam Pittman provided 10 saves and Grant Auzenne provided solid defense.

Jared Hill and Robinson Almeida scored for East Ascension (10-4-3, 5-2) while Jade Tomeny had seven saves.

“It is frustrating but at the same time it is always a good rivalry and a good matchup,” East Ascension head coach Bruno Van Moer said. “We know that each of us are going to bring the best of our teams when we play each other. I am looking at the bigger picture. We have to be able to move on and get ready for the rest of district and the playoffs.

“We were down early and knew we had to come back. They just never put their head down, played disciplined and stuck to the plan we had. We were determined to not go down and fought until the end. It shows a lot about this team.”

Lawrence fed Sarrazin in front of the goal 12 minutes into the contest to crack the scoreboard and then converted a turnaround beating defenders about six minutes later to give Dutchtown a 2-0 lead.

Hill’s turnaround gave East Ascension life with about 12 minutes remaining in the half before Almeida nailed a 40 yard shot as Pittman was drawn out of the goal on a scramble to knot it up eight minutes later.

Dutchtown nearly broke the deadlock with 25 minutes left to play when Lloyd Johnson’s attempt was just wide left inside the box off Sarrazin’s tip of Colin Poche’s shot.

Tomeny stopped several potential breakaways along with help of defenders Kevin McDaniel and Justin Guillory.

East Ascension’s best chance late came when Carlos Hermosillo passed wide to Edwin Morales who found Hill just in front of the goal but Pittman came up with the save. Brandon Ruiz also headed over Morales’ corner kick just before two minutes remained.

Lawrence had two attempts under two minutes in regulation before Reid was wide left to open overtime.

Pittman saved Hill’s header from Sergio Ramirez and Ruiz’s free kick as time ran down.  

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East Ascension’s Sergio Ramirez drives downfield as Dutchtown’s Tyler Sarrazin closes in during the second half of the Griffins’ 3-2 District 6-I overtime victory Tuesday night at Spartan Stadium.