Dutchtown advances past St. Thomas More

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Colin Poche gains possession ahead of St. Thomas More’s Matt Derise in the second half of the Griffins’ 2-0 Division I regional playoff victory Wednesday night.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown converted off two set plays within the first 15 minutes for the difference in a 2-0 Division I regional playoff victory Wednesday night at Griffin Field.

No. 4 seed Dutchtown (21-3-3) advances to host fifth-seeded Brother Martin in the quarterfinals most likely Tuesday. No. 13 St. Thomas More’s season ends with a record of 9-6-1.

Dutchtown’s goals came off a corner kick and throw in within 10 minutes of each other.

“We have been working on set plays that might work in a playoff game and it paid off tonight,” Dutchtown head coach Larry Chambless said. “We were looking to get on top of them early and gain the momentum because they are a young squad but they are pretty talented. The majority of the opportunities they got were from angles or from distance as we settled into a kill the game type of defense where you make sure numbers are kept in the dangerous areas of the field and are really patient when people have the ball.

“We are taking it one game at a time and that is how we are going to have to play from here out. We are going to have to be ready to defend with numbers and look for counters. This is where we were last year and now it is time to take the next step. We will have to do something we haven’t done before to move on to the semifinals and that is beat Brother Martin.”

Ricky Lawrence and Kyle Rumbaugh provided one goal a piece for Dutchtown as Colin Poche assisted on both.

“It is a tough loss for us,” St. Thomas More head coach Scott Yerby said. “They got two early goals and that is really what killed us. We came out and played well. We moved the ball around but missed some chances that were point blank and just went wide. We knew they had good forwards up top and tried to use our offense to prevent them from getting the ball. I thought we marked up pretty well on them but in a game like this, the team that doesn’t make mistakes wins and we made them tonight.”

St. Thomas More attacked early but couldn’t convert. After Grant Auzenne’s deep shot following a steal Dutchtown cracked the scoreboard.

Lawrence fired into the goal after Poche slided a corner kick pass Ryan Reid to him in front of the goal just five and a half minutes into the contest.

Rumbaugh converted a header off Poche’s throw in less than 10 minutes later after Lawrence was wide right and Brody?Broussard’s header off Chris Cook’s corner kick went over the goal.

Reid’s shot attempt off Auzenne’s free kick was just wide right before halftime.

Rumbaugh headed over Poche’s throw in after St. Thomas More’s Tyler Garber was wide right to open the second half.

Poche hit the up bar off Ryan Willis’ corner kick before Garber was wide right. Goalkeeper Zach Oge` then stopped consecutive attempts by Cass Diez off Poche’s corner kick.

Goalkeeper Adam Pittman stopped the Cougars final attempt when Brynn Wimberly fed a driving Clay Calkins.

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Dutchtown’s Aaron Henry defends St. Thomas More’s Brody Broussard in the second half of the Griffins’ 2-0 Division I regional playoff victory Wednesday night.