Lady Griffins fall to Lafayette
GEISMAR – Lafayette scored within the first two minutes of the second half and added another goal with eight minutes remaining to defeat Dutchtown 2-0 in a physical Division I quarterfinal playoff game Monday afternoon at Griffin Field.
Jordan Beasley scored the go ahead goal and assisted on the second to provide the difference for the seventh-seeded Lady Lions (19-4-4) who advance to face Mount Carmel in the semifinals. No. 2 seed Dutchtown ends the season with a 24-1-3 overall record, the fewest losses in school history.
“The entire 80 minutes were very physical,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “Basically, both teams were trying to get to the ball and the slippery conditions in the middle didn’t help us much because it made it difficult for us to make certain kind of plays through the midfield. The game could have gone either way. We had chances but we couldn’t get the ball to our forwards. We didn’t expect our season to end like this.
“Whenever a team scores first, momentum changes. I think that is what happened in the second half. That goal threw our rhythm off and gave them more energy. Otherwise, I think we would have eventually broke down Lafayette.”
Beasley stole a goal kick and slipped a roller past goalkeeper Taylor Kelley’s hands just 1:15 into the second half to give Lafayette, who fell 5-1 to Dutchtown in December, the momentum after a scoreless first half.
“We knew it was going to be physical because it was physical then,” Lafayette head coach Katie Breaux said. “They made the calls when necessary so I think the game was under control. Usually these games are one or two goal differential. We knew what they did and we knew what we had to do. We have great defenders and I knew we would match up with them. We really did a great job of shutting them down. It wasn’t so much one but the second and third that helped out tremendously.
“I think the adrenaline after that goal was on our side and we just kept it going. It is kind of scary at those moments because when you get a goal early, you kind of relax and get back on your heels and that is the very thing you don’t want. I think we did a great job of not doing that and maintained composure.”
Lafayette bottled up Dutchtown forwards Chelsea Cruthirds and Lexi Gibbs by shadowing them with a designated defender.
Anne Brennan reflected the final tally with a high shot pass a diving Kelley with 8:05 left to play.
Dutchtown controlled the final 20 minutes of the first half outshooting Lafayette 9-3. The Lady Griffins nearly cracked the scoreboard when Lindi Robichaux’s shot hit off the side bar and fell back into play just shy of a goal ruling.
Megan Romaire’s attempt was wide before Lafayette goalkeeper Chelsi Viator stopped Gibbs’ attempt. Kelley then made a diving save of Taylar Francis’ attempt from a throw in before Viator tipped and caught Cruthirds’ shot.
Dutchtown continued to attack as Cruthirds attempted two shots off rebounds. Beasley’s drive was then kicked out before Viator stopped Cruthirds free kick after Robichaux was fouled on a drive.
Lafayette dominated the second half outshooting Dutchtown 16-7. Emily Rezac was wide right off Gibbs’ cross after the first goal before Maeve Brennan was wide on consecutive attempts. Gibbs went wide left on a breakaway down the right sideline before the Lady Lions took the next four shots.
Dutchtown’s best chance came shortly after when a driving Robichaux fed Gibbs who hit the top bar. Lafayette took the next six shots eventually scoring with Brennan’s goal.
Just before two minutes, Romaire drew Viator out, but her deep shot was no good. Cruthirds’ final attempt was wide left.
The Lady Griffins say goodbye to seven seniors who helped lead them to consecutive trips to the quarterfinals including Cruthirds, Romaire, Kelley, Annie Etzel, Baige Lipoma,?Erica Sweeney and Kaylie Dinning.
“It was an excellent year,” Vyas said. “Those seven seniors are shell shocked because we expected to win the game. The confidence of this team has been high throughout the season so we couldn’t ask for anything more.”