Dutchtown reaches soccer semifinals

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown’s Ryan Reid celebrates after scoring the first goal against New Iberia in the Division I-Class 5A boys soccer quarterfinal Tuesday night.

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GEISMAR – Dutchtown will face Jesuit Saturday in New Orleans in the semifinal round of the Division I-Class 5A boys soccer playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Griffins advanced with a 2-0 win over No. 12 New Iberia Tuesday night at Griffin Field.

Dutchtown (20-5) moves into the final four round after losing in the quarterfinals in the past two seasons.

Ryan Reid and Jeremy Stein each scored goals to pace the Griffins against New Iberia.

Dutchtown coach Larry Chambless said the Griffins “weathered the storm” Tuesday. They played without midfielder Ryan Willis, who was out with the flu, Chambless said.

“We changed to a more compact formation (in the second half) because they were winning the middle on us,”?he explained. “I think we started to win more possessions and see more of the goal.”

He said New Iberia was getting a “run of the field early” in the contest.

“As long as they’re not putting it in the net, we’re fine with it,” Chambless said.

Dutchtown took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute on Reid’s goal. Reid utilized his speed to race down the ball, then roll it past goalkeeper Jacques Bourque.

In the second half, the Griffins added to their lead. Logan Boudreaux started the play with a throw in from the right. A high bounce went to Stein, who placed his kick into the top center of the net.

Dutchtown goalkeeper Adam Pittman held off New Iberia (19-9-2) with seven saves, most of which came from long range.

In the semifinal round, the Griffins will meet two-time defending state champion Jesuit. The Blue Jays have not allowed a goal so far in the playoffs. After a 9-0 rout of Natchitoches Central in the first round, Jesuit blanked No. 17 Caddo 4-0 and No. 8 Brother Martin 3-0.

Meanwhile, the Griffins have allowed just one goal through the playoffs. Dutchtown opened with a 5-0 win over No. 29 Terrebonne, then topped No. 20 Zachary 7-1.

The winner of the Dutchtown-Jesuit match will face either Lafayette or St. Paul’s.

“We’ve played Jesuit every year for the last three or four years,” Chambless said. “We know what they bring to the table. When you play Jesuit, you know what you’re going to get.”

ST. PAUL’S?3, ST. AMANT?0:?St. Paul’s advanced to the semifinals for the fourth time in five years after getting past St. Amant 3-0 Tuesday at St. Paul’s.

St. Amant (25-6) matched its best record since the 2003-04 season. The Gators made it to the second round that season before bowing out to St. Paul’s 2-1.

St. Amant coach Adrian Garcia said St. Paul’s was “by far the best team” the Gators faced all season.

St. Paul’s (29-2) takes on Lafayette in the semifinals Saturday at Hunter Stadium.

Dutchtown’s Jeremy Stein, second from left, receives a congratulatory hug from teammate Caleb Alexander. Looking on from left are Patrick Fruge and Tyler Sarrazin. Dutchtown advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win. The Griffins will face Jesuit.