DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown coach Anant Vyas wasn’t quite ready to say his girls soccer team, the No. 16 seed in the LHSAA’s Division I playoffs, was underrated, but the Griffins looked the part Thursday night against Sulphur.
Behind an offense that produced two goals in each half and a defense that clamped down when the Golden Tors got into the scoring third of the field, Dutchtown cruised to a 4-0 bidistrict win over No. 17 Sulphur.
“I would say I was happy we were a No. 16 seed, so we could get a home game,” Vyas said. “The 16 (power ranking) was probably the highest we’ve had (this season) so we’ve been on the way up.”
Dutchtown (18-6-3) had 14 shots, and got goals from Katie Crochet and Delaney Zybko in the first half. Riley Ely and Gammie Spriggs helped keep the game out of reach with second-half goals.
The win was Dutchtown’s eighth consecutive, a run that included a 4-3 win over fourth-seeded St. Amant on the way to the District 5 title.
Sulphur (10-8-5), which got off two shots, ended its season with a bidistrict loss at Dutchtown for the second straight year. The Tors were defeated 3-0 in 2017.
“I think we let the emotion of the game get to us a little in the first half,” Sulphur coach Dedie Zachary said. “We regrouped at halftime, and the second half was much better. We possessed better, we passed better, but once we got to the attacking third we couldn’t complete that final pass to get the shot off.”
Dutchtown advances to the regional round and will play at top-seeded Acadiana, a District 2 rival of Sulphur.
“I think it's a pretty good matchup,” Zachary said. “(Dutchtown) looks like they’ve got pretty speed up top. Acadiana is able to match up physically, so I think its going to be a pretty good game.”
The Griffins got going in the 24th minute on Crochet’s goal. After Kyra Coleman’s throw in from the right side, Crochet possessed the ball in front of the goal and chipped it over the Tors goalkeeper for their first score.
Zybko broke free for a one-on-one goal in the 22nd minute to extend the Dutchtown lead to 2-0. Zybko beat two defenders and waited for the goalkeeper to commit before making the shot.
For the half, Dutchtown got off seven shots. Besides the two goals, the Griffins had two shots hit the crossbar square while another rebounded back into play off a goal post.
Ely scored off a free kick in the 58th minute from 30 yards out and left of the goal.
Spriggs added her score seven minutes later after a corner kick. Taking possession 20 yards out, she weaved her shot through the defense and into the right side of the net.
“Since district, we’ve done a really good job of putting our team together, and things have just clicked,” Ely said. “The ball has been rolling really good for us so far.”