CAUSE OF CONFUSION: Lady Griffins shutout Chapelle to advance

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Lexi Gibbs drives past Chapelle’s Shannon Rowan for a shot attempt in the first half of the Lady Griffins’ 5-0 Division I regional playoff victory Wednesday evening at Griffin Field. Dutchtown advances to the quarterfinals and will host Lafayette Monday.

GEISMAR – It took a while for Dutchtown to find a rhythm but when they did the Lady Griffins coasted to a 5-0 Division I regional playoff victory over Archbishop Chapelle Wednesday evening at Griffin Field.

No. 2 seed Dutchtown (23-0-3) advances to host seventh-seeded Lafayette Monday in the quarterfinals. No. 15 Chapelle ends the season with an overall record of 15-6-3.

The Lady Chipmunks held Dutchtown scoreless through the first 10 minutes but the Lady Griffins took advantage of a Chapelle mistake to crack the scoreboard and added two more goals in the next eight minutes.

“We needed this kind of game with the physical nature,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “Sometimes it is a phycological disadvantage for the kids if the opponent doesn’t come out and challenge more and I think we learned from that. They put lots of pressure on the ball and are a very physical team. They were constantly getting to the ball quickly and making it difficult to get in the open field.

“This will prepare us for the next round. We scored off nicely set plays in the first half and when you have three options on the attack it will confuse people, plus we had lots of help from the midfield.”

Chelsea Cruthirds provided a hat trick for Dutchtown with three goals, while Lexi Gibbs and Lindi Robichaux each scored one goal a piece. Taylor Kelley added four saves for the Lady Griffins.

“We had planned on forcing them outside and keeping the ball past the lines,” Chapelle head coach Jim Barrouquere said. “The first goal was definitely a mistake and changed the way we had to play. We had to push the tide up  and obviously the more people you throw forward, the bigger chance of giving up goals at that point. We did have a couple of chances early in the second half and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Gibbs almost opened the scoring with a header through the uprights off Cruthirds’ cross from Torie Fournet’s throw in.

The Lady Griffins didn’t squander their second chance when Gibbs found Cruthirds in front of the goal with time to think about it after Emily Rezac’s pass slipped through defenders to put Dutchtown ahead 1-0 with 26:33 left to play in the first half.

Robichaux fired a shot from the right side less than three minutes later that goalkeeper Sarah Moore stopped but still went in after Cruthirds fed her from the middle.

Robichaux returned the favor shortly after leading a driving Cruthirds in front of the goal with Gibbs charging as well ultimately confusing Moore to give the Lady Griffins a 3-0 lead with 19:10 left in the first half. Annie Etzel’s shot attempt off Robichaux’s corner kick was blocked just before.

Meridith Steen took the next two attempts for Chapelle before Moore stopped Megan Romaire’s deep shot. With under two minutes left, Gibbs’ attempt was just wide left.

Chapelle played aggressor early in the second half with Kelly stopping two attempts by Haley Pilet before Cruthirds fed a driving Gibbs, who dribbled past a defender but Moore saved her shot.

Kelly would stop two more attempts by Pilet, the second off a pass from Mikella Sorenson over the defense before Cruthirds hit the up bar and a scrum resulted in front of the goal on the rebound.

Cruthirds nailed the resulting penalty kick to the bottom left corner to put Dutchtown ahead 4-0 with 18 minutes remaining.

Gibbs finally got into the scoring act converting a header in front of the goal off Robichaux’s corner kick with 9:35 left to play after Moore saved two free kicks by Cruthirds.

It appeared Dutchtown scored again when Gibbs converted Cruthirds cross with under five minutes to play but offsides was ruled.

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Dutchtown’s Baige Lipoma gains possession from Chapelle’s Haley Pilet in the second half of the Lady Griffins’ 5-0 Division I regional playoff victory Wednesday night at Griffin Field.