Lady Griffins blank East Ascension to remain undefeated in district

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Lindi Robicheaux battles East Ascension’s Claudia Flores for possession in the first half of the Lady Griffins’ 3-0 victory Tuesday night.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown held East Ascension scoreless for the second time this season on way to a 3-0 District 6-1 victory Tuesday night at Griffin Field.

“We didn’t allow goals but we gave EA opportunities to score which is uncharacteristic,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “Those could have decided the game.

“I think our team is getting more mature in the midfield. That is helping. We still have to play hard because each game is going to be tough.”

Dutchtown (17-3-2, 7-0) defeated East Ascension (10-6-2, 4-2) 1-0 earlier in the month. The Lady Griffins are now three victories away from going undefeated in district play two consecutive years. They travel to second-place St. Amant Friday night at the Pit.

“It is what it is,”?East Ascension head coach Christopher Goodall said. “We actually felt it was a closer game between the two teams but we didn’t play our ‘A’ game. Possession wise, it was a lot closer game. In some areas I thought we were up on them but the results don’t go your way sometimes. That is the nature of the game.

“The bottom line is we have to get ready for the next game. We have three important district games in the next 10 days and we can’t linger on it.”

Dutchtown got goals from Lindi Robicheaux, Chelsea Cruthirds and Lexi Gibbs. Taylor Kelley provided six saves.

Arienne Ferchaud had nine saves for East Ascension and Jennifer Jefferson added two.

Gibbs drove half the field to near the left corner before feeding Cruthirds in front of the goal to give Dutchtown a 2-0 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. Robicheaux scored the first goal of the contest at the midway point of the half.

“We made those scores very quickly and took away some of EA’s intensity,” Vyas said. “That second goal is attributed to quick passing. I stress to them we need to keep the ball on the ground and use our speed.”

Gibbs scored on a breakaway in the closing minutes for the final tally.

“I thought (Dutchtown) executed extremely well and good teams will punish you,” Goodall said. “An area that needs improvement is offensively. We couldn’t buy a goal in the first half. Defensively, we seem rock solid but we have to score goals.”