Dutchtown's offense rolls in district-opening shutout

Kyle Riviere
Connor Dupre and Dutchtown crushed H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night to collect their 10th straight victory. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Heading into the district opener on Friday night, Dutchtown had been off for a week. They showed no signs of rust.

The Griffins went after H.L. Bourgeois early and often with an aggressive attack that produced 27 shots. Six of those ended up hitting their mark as they finished the league opener with an easy shutout victory.

"We knew that you have to match their intensity and go above it for the first 10-15 minutes, because this team has been coming out quick on people,” Dutchtown head coach Rene Bourgeois said. “We took that away from them, and we were able to get a couple of goals in real quick. That kind of took some momentum away from them and put it on our side. We got up 4-0, and that pretty much put them into kick-ball mode. From there, we just continued to pass, make good plays and finish it out."

H.L. Bourgeois did get off to a fast start.

In the frigid conditions, their offense heated up quickly as they moved close to the Dutchtown net.

At the fourth minute, they sent a strong shot to the goal, but keeper Christian Carrillo made a terrific leaping save. He was forced to make another just six minutes later.

However, after those two close calls, the Griffin defense turned it up, and the Braves only got off four shots for the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Dutchtown offense began to hit its stride.

At the ninth minute, Sethan Ward was able to beautifully bend the ball into the corner of the goal from 15 yards out to give the Griffins a 1-0 lead.

During the 15th minute, Michael Greer took a penalty kick for Dutchtown, but it was saved by the keeper. Greer took another shot off of the deflection, but once again, the keeper blocked it away from the goal.

But this time, Jacob Stovall was able to kick it into the back of the net off the ricochet.

Eight minutes later, Stovall helped Dutchtown take complete control of the game.

He sent in a terrific corner kick, and sensational sophomore Zayne Zezulka finished it off with a goal to put Dutchtown ahead, 3-0.

Just five minutes later, Stovall came through with another assist. This time, his cross was put into the net by Luis Garcia Ramos.

Finally, the half ended with yet another assist from Stovall. His free kick reached Zezulka, and he got it past the keeper to give the Griffins a 5-0 lead at the break.

Dutchtown had four point blank scoring opportunities within the first three minutes of the second half, but they couldn’t finish.

But Zezulka didn’t miss on his try. At the 65th minute, he secured the hat trick to give the Griffins a 6-0 advantage.

"Offensively, he's a spark plug. He's almost like a point guard, in a basketball sense,” Bourgeois said. “We try to get it to him. He works the middle, he works angles on the outside, and when he gets the ball at his feet anywhere from the top of the 18 to the PK spot, he's deadly. If you give him enough room, he's gonna fire it, and it's gonna go in."

Stovall finished with three assists and one goal.

For the game, Dutchtown out-shot H.L. Bourgeois by a 27-6 margin.

The victory was the 10th straight for the Griffins. It improved their overall record to 11-1-1 as they begin their district tilt.

"I divide the season up into three parts,” Bourgeois said. “The first part is the pre-district games where you try to get as many power points as you can. We went 10-1-1, which is excellent. Now, we're in the second phase, which is district play. I told them that if they want to be up at the top, they have to take these guys out first. The third part of the season will be the playoffs."