Lady Griffins dominate Bonnabel

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Lindi Robichaux takes a shot ahead of a Bonnabel defender in the first half of the Lady Griffins’ 10-0 Division I bi-district playoff victory Friday night at Griffin Field.

GEISMAR - No. 2 seed Dutchtown scored at will to open their Division I -bi-district playoff contest and coasted to a 10-0 victory over 31st-seeded Bonnabel Friday night at Griffin Field.

The Lady Griffins (22-0-3) advance to host No. 15 Chapelle Wednesday at 5 p.m. in regional action. Bonnabel ends the season with a 7-6 overall record.

Dutchtown had scored six goals by the halfway point of the first half after cracking the scoreboard less than four minutes into the contest.

“The team looked sharp,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “We played hard and didn’t lower our intensity. Even after we scored early, we started using the same people on defense to keep them in the game and to keep ball possession. Whenever you have high powered offensive personal at the top, they keep the opponents’ defense occupied. We don’t want to deviate much from that philosophy. It is almost like a good offense is a good defense.

“As we go deeper, the competition will get tougher but I think we are playing well together right now and everyone is understanding their roles. Megan Romaire is a big catalyst for us offensively and Emily Rezac is always making those runs to give us more options on the attack which makes it easier.”

Lexi Gibbs led Dutchtown with four goals, while Chelsea Cruthirds added three and Lindi Robichaux, Cadey Duffield and Kayla Cobb each scored one goal apiece.

Taylor Kelley had one save for the Lady Griffins, while Kimberly Alfaro had 14 for Bonnabel.

Cruthirds opened the scoring by driving down the right sideline before cutting to the middle of the field and sliding in a goal past Alfaro with 36:45 left to play in the first half.

Gibbs got into the act shortly after, hurdling someone and driving to the front of the goal following Annie Etzel’s steal of a throw in less than a minute later.

Alfaro stopped Romaire and Etzel’s next attempts before Rezac fed Cruthirds, who sailed a shot over her to put Dutchtown ahead 3-0 with 32:30 remaining in the half.

Robichaux then hit the crossbar of the goalpost before Gibbs was ruled offsides after finding the net and was just right following dribbling past defenders.

Robichaux hit the back of the net after stealing a goal kick and driving past one defender to give the Lady Griffins a 4-0 lead with 29:58 remaining in the half.

Cruthirds completed a hat trick with a shot to the left corner off a far cross pass from Romaire less than three minutes later after Alfaro tipped Romaire’s attempt.

Gibbs drove past three defenders to add another goal with 20:40 left to play after shooting wide right.

Stephanie Dusenberry’s header from Cobb went just high before Duffield drew Alfaro out and Romaire’s free kick was high as the half wound down.

Gibbs added two goals in the second half, while Duffield and Cobb reflected the final tally.

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Dutchtown’s Torie Fournet drives past a Bonnabel defender in the Lady Griffins’ 10-0 Division I bi-district playoff victory Friday night at Griffin Field.