SOCCER

Dutchtown and Baton Rouge finish with scoreless tie

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Gabbie Spriggs and Dutchtown tied Baton Rouge. It was their third straight tie and the fourth in their last five games.
Photo by Kyle Riviere

Heading into their Tuesday night home meeting with Baton Rouge High, Dutchtown had tied three of their previous four matches.

They were hoping to get over the hump and notch up a victory against the Lady Bulldogs, but the night ended the exact way it began: with two zeros on the scoreboard.

Both teams got solid defense and goalkeeping, and both struggled to mount offense. It resulted in a 0-0 tie.

Much of Dutchtown’s offensive woes on Tuesday night stemmed from the loss of one of their all-district players.

“In a tournament last week at Walker, we lost our center midfielder Riley Ely. So, our efficiency has been suffering,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “We’re not finishing when we should be. Scoring right now is not where it needs to be.

“There has only been one game where we’ve scored a lot of goals. There are some games like this where we haven’t scored any. We’re still trying to get our midfield together. We have to convert goals when they’re there.”

In the first half, the Dutchtown offense was almost non-existent. They didn’t get off their first shot at the goal until 25 minutes into the game. For the entire first half, they had just two shots.

Meanwhile, Baton Rouge was able to consistently attack the Dutchtown net. They got off eight shots in the first half.

Their best chance to score came at the 28th minute when they had a free kick just outside of the box, but the shot was errant.

The Lady Griffin offense finally began to gain some traction in the second half.

At the 43rd minute, Gabbie Spriggs got off a shot, but it went wide left of the goal. At the 75th minute, Brianna Melancon got out in the open and got off a shot inside the box, but it was saved.

They got two more prime opportunities to score on free kicks late, but they couldn’t convert.

At the 74th minute, Kyra Coleman got a free kick just outside of the box following a hand-ball, but her kick went just over the goal.

Three minutes later, Spriggs had a free kick of her own following a foul, but the Lady Bulldog goalkeeper came up with a save.

After being out-shot 8-1 in the first half, Dutchtown was able to out-shoot Baton Rouge 9-4 in the final 40 minutes.

“In the first half, I think there was tentative play by our defense. Our lineup was a little different, and that took away the rhythm of the game,” Vyas said. “It seems like when one person starts playing slow, everyone else starts playing slow. It was a story of two halves. In the first half, we were on our heels. In the second half, we played better towards the end.”

The Lady Griffins got some great goalkeeping from freshman Grace Spriggs. She came up with 10 saves in the shutout.

It was the third straight tie for Dutchtown and the fourth in five games. They haven’t won since beating Comeaux, 4-1, on Nov. 20.

Overall, they they’re 2-3-4, and they’ll be without Ely for a significant amount of time as she recovers from a dislocated elbow.

Next Tuesday, they’ll host Archbishop Hannan.