Strong second half nets fourth straight win for Dutchtown
To win on Friday night, Dutchtown had to weather the early storm unleashed by Vandebilt.
Less than two minutes into the game, the Terriers came mere inches away from scoring, but the ball bounced off of the crossbar.
They continued to attack the Dutchtown net throughout the first half, but goalkeeper Christian Carrillo and the Griffin defense did just enough to keep them off of the scoreboard.
In the second half, the Dutchtown offense woke up and scored two goals to clinch a 2-0 victory.
"The key tonight was shutting down their quick attack. They're known for scoring extremely quickly in the first half," Griffin head coach Rene Bourgeois said. "We dodged one when the kid hit the post, and after that, we settled down. We were able to work the ball around and use whatever width we have here to set up a few long throws, and we took advantage of those."
After hitting the Dutchtown crossbar just two minutes in, Vandebilt kept applying pressure offensively.
They controlled the action early on. They spent almost the entire first half in Griffin territory.
Carrillo was forced to make a save at the 8th minute, and on two separate occasions, Vandebilt players got out in front and raced toward the goal, but Carter Roussel made two great defensive plays to thwart the scoring threats.
Dutchtown didn't get their first shot off until the 13th minute, but Derick Montoya's kick went wide right. Michael Greer got off a nice shot at the 25th minute, but it was saved.
It all led to a scoreless first half.
The second half belonged to the Griffins.
They did a much better job of keeping Vandebilt out of scoring position, and their offense finally began to get things going.
At the 50th minute, Alec Snell threw the ball in. Dutchtown got a shot off, but it was saved. Off of the deflection, Roussel was there to smoke a hot shot past the goalkeeper from 12 yards out to put the Griffins on top 1-0.
Roussel later set up Daniel Diaz, but his shot was saved.
Dutchtown was able to gain some breathing room at the 70th minute after another Snell throw-in. On a volley, Brock Colon put in a header.
With the 2-0 lead, Carillo closed out the game for the Griffins.
After being shut down for much of the second half, Vandebilt finally started getting shots off in the final 10 minutes, but Carillo came up with three great saves to preserve the shutout.
Carillo finished with seven saves.
Roussel did a little bit of everything in the Dutchtown win.
"There's no question about it, Carter was definitely the MVP of this game," Bourgeois said. "Defensively, he shut down numerous threats in the middle, and he came up huge off of the volley after the throw-in. He's an extremely good defender that can come in and take a shot when you need one."
The victory was the fourth straight for the Griffins as it improved their overall record to 5-1-1.
"In this little roll we having going right now, it's team ball," Bourgeois said. "It's T-E-A-M. There are no I's on this team, and tonight proved it. A lot of guys got to see some action, and it was a team win--defensively, offensively and on special teams, what I call corner kicks, throw-ins and free kicks that you have to have to win. That stuff put us over the edge in this one."