The cold weather and wet conditions didn’t make for an ideal soccer match in Dutchtown’s 2-1 victory over Denham Springs.
The two sides stayed competitive throughout, but it was Dutchtown (8-4-2) who struck first in the 12th minute after Mary Claire Roussel put the ball in thanks to an assist by Kyra Coleman.
The Griffins continued their attack thanks to excellent play by attacking midfielder Katie Crochet. Crochet created two more chances in the first half for Dutchtown, keeping the pressure on an undermanned Denham Springs (6-4-1).
“I think our biggest problem is we have some out on vacation, then a couple have the flu and we pulled up two JV players tonight just so we could have two subs,” Denham Springs coach Nikki Deshotel said. “Makenzie (Maher) is out. That’s our starting striker, we feel that, obviously.”
Without the use of subs and the attacking presence of Maher, an LSU commitment, the Yellow Jackets defense wore down, giving way to Dutchtown’s offense that deployed three attacking midfielders.
It was Crochet who created Dutchtown’s next goal early in the second half after firing in a shot from outside the box that Denham Springs’ goalkeeper struggled to handle. Winger Kayla Bougere pounced on the ball and sent it into the back of the net upping Dutchtown’s lead to 2-0.
“(Crochet), Riley (Ely) and Alyssa (Abbott) were the three midfielders, and between them, they really did a lot of work,” Dutchtown coach Anant Vyas said. “Katie kept all the defense on this side and also at the same time provided the passing into the forwards.”
Denham Springs eventually organized its offense in the final third of the second half. In the 54th minute, Anndee Barr brought a long pass under control and lifted a shot over the hands of Dutchtown’s goalkeeper.
Barr’s goal provided some life to Denham Springs, but it didn’t last as Dutchtown regained control until the final whistle blew.
“As cheesy at it is, these are the games they’re going to remember,” Deshotel said. “We are all freezing, we are all, literally, at rock bottom because we have no subs. You have to dig in deep and see who wants it more. I feel like these are the games that when you work the hardest and it is the worst conditions, those are the games they take away and remember the most.”