ST. AMANT — The Dutchtown Lady Griffins scored a goal on their only shot of the second half, a penalty kick by Grace Miller to take a 2-1 win over St. Amant in a Division I, District 5, soccer match.
In the boys game that followed, Dutchtown and St. Amant tied 2-2.
Dutchtown 2, St. Amant 1: The first half was wide-open action, as both teams utilized the entire field for attacks and counter-attacks.
The more physical Gators had several opportunities in their offensive third, barely missing on two quality shots, and being thwarted by close marking by the Griffins on several occasions.
The Griffins capitalized on one of their opportunities, receiving two back-to-back corner kicks in the 23rd minute. The first was fruitless, but on the second, Riley Ely lofted a perfect service to an uncovered Lauren Bercegeay at the far post, and Bercegeay headed it home from 10 feet out.
Adelaide Gaffney, one of four freshmen to start for the Lady Gators, tied the game in the 58th minute with a 12-yard shot from the near post. The goal was a relief for Gaffney, who had seen her previous four quality shots go wide right, wide left, over the goal and off the crossbar.
Dutchtown packed its defense back in the second half, and St. Amant outshot it 6-0 but could not get the go-ahead goal.
“I really think our girls wanted this game,” Dutchtown coach Anant Vyas said. “Our goalie, Sophia McNulty, did an excellent job. On Tuesday, we played East Ascension and gave up a goal on a defensive error. Tonight, we played well technically and slowed down their explosive offense.”
Dutchtown 2, St. Amant 2: In a match Dutchtown coach Rene Bourgeois was ready to tag as a classic, the Gators came back from two goals down in the final 18 minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie.
Briggs Bourgeois scored two goals in that time frame, a 25-yard scorcher straight down the middle and a tap in off an assist by Seth Benoit in the 76th minute to force the tie.
“It was a sloppy game on a sloppy field, but that first goal kind of got us going, and then we were able to put a second one in,” St. Amant coach Adrian Garcia said.
The most active players on the field for most of the game were the goalkeepers and midfielders gathering under numerous high balls at midfield. St. Amant keeper Brenden David had four first half saves (seven for the game) and gathered in several loose balls around the goal.
Dutchtown keeper Christian Carrillo had three saves in the first half, but none of the Gators’ shots were of any quality. He picked up six more saves in the second half.
Neither team could convert set pieces as Dutchtown came up empty on three corner kicks, and St. Amant’s Bourgeois banged two free kicks off the wall.
St. Amant’s offense came out firing firing in the second half, but Carrillo held them off long enough for Griffins to get some shots of their own. St. Amant got two shots from Beau Trabeau, two from Bourgeois with the second clanging off the near post, and one from Anthony Naya before the Griffins opened the scoring on a counter-attack in the 61st minute with a goal by Sethan Ward off an assist by Hayes Greer.
Less than a minute later Jacob Stovall beat David to a free ball in the mouth of the goal and nudged it in for 2-0 Dutchtown lead.