Dutchtown and Lafayette play to another draw

Kyle Riviere
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dutchtown and Lafayette have now played each other for 160 minutes this season, and we still don’t know who’s the better team.

The two teams met back on Dec. 13, and finished in a 1-1 draw. They met again on Wednesday night. This time around, the game ended without a single goal being scored by either team.

Although, the Lady Griffins came mere inches away from a possible victory with just 12 minutes remaining in the game.

A shot by Alyssa Abbott was saved by the Lafayette goalkeeper, but she struggled to get a handle of it. The ball came close to crossing the line and being a goal, but the keeper was able to swat it away in the nick of time.

“The teams are equally matched,” Dutchtown head coach Anant Vyas said. “Lafayette has some good speed. We neutralized their speed this time and didn’t allow any goals like in the first game. We had more chances to score than they did tonight, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. We had a ball rolling along the line three or four times. I think the girls played hard, and I think they played well.”

The first half was completely dominated by defenses on each side.

The first shot didn’t come until 15 minutes into the game when Lafayette sent one toward the Duchtown net. The Lady Griffins didn’t take their first shot until minute 17.

The play of the first half for Dutchtown came at the 28th minute, when keeper Vivian Moody left the goal and made a sliding save to thwart a scoring opportunity from a Lafayette player that had outran the rest of the Lady Griffin defense.

At the half, each team had just two shots.

The offenses opened it up a bit in the final 40 minutes.

Two minutes into the second half, Moody had to make a tough save on a shot that came in hot. She got just enough of her hands on the ball to keep it out of the net.

Dutchtown had their best opportunities to score at minute 68 when Abbott took a shot that came inches away from being a point. Just seconds later, she had a second shot, but the keeper made another tremendous diving save.

After being held to just two shots in the first half, Dutchtown was able to get off seven in the final 40 minutes.

“In the second half, we had Kelsie (Guiczynski) come in, in the midfield. We started serving the ball more,” Vyas said. “We also had Mya (Tilley) play center-back in the second half, so that created more depth in our attack. We were able to get the ball up front more. There was also more mobility. The movement helped a lot.”

The draw put an end to a three-game winning streak for Duchtown. It dropped their overall record to 10-5-2. Both draws came against Lafayette.

The Lady Griffins will now ready themselves for the playoffs. The pairings will be announced on Tuesday, and the first round will begin at the end of the week.

“I think we’re fine,” Vyas said. “I think we’re in the 8-9 slot. I think if we keep playing like this, I’ll be happy with whatever happens.”