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Dutchtown's season ends on penalty kicks

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

For the majority of Dutchtown and Upson-Lee's first round Class AAAA playoff match, the scoreboard didn't work.

It turned out not to be that big of a deal since neither team could score.

As both teams struggled to find the goal, the scoreboard finally started working late in the second half.

"The most frustrating part about not having the scoreboard is you didn't know the time," Dutchtown forward Jasmin Reese said. "The ref did a good job of keeping us informed."

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs could never get on the board as they lost 1-0 in overtime on penalty kicks. Upson-Lee made four of its five kicks while the Bulldogs could only manage three.

"We played a real good game," Dutchtown coach Ginger Sanhueza said. "It was an incredible season for us. I'm truly proud of the team."

Both teams made their first three penalty kicks, but Dutchtown would miss on its fourth try. Bulldogs goalie Ashley Cummings blocked a shot by Caley Anderson to give them new life.

Dutchtown would miss its next kick before Upson-Lee's Lindsey Allen's shot sailed through the goal to give the Knights the win.

"This was a good head-to-head battle, which we thought it would be," Sanhueza said.

"We just couldn't get a lot of break away shots out there. We just got unlucky with the kicks."

A couple times in the first half, the Bulldogs looked as if they would score when Upson-Lee's goal Lexi Watson left the goal unattended after misjudging the ball. Unfortunately, Dutchtown was unable to capitalize on the open goal.

"This was a very disappointing loss," Reese said. "We give it a 100 percent effort. I just wish we could have executed a little more on offense. We didn't have a lot of shots on goal. We couldn't keep up with the time, and I think we panicked a little. Overall, I pleased at how we did this season."

Twice in the second half, Upson-Lee couldn't convert on shots at the goal.

Knights forward Lindsey Law had a free kick to hit the top of the goal. A few plays later, Alexis Swafford's shot also hit the top of the goal.

Dutchtown dodged another threat from Upson-Lee late in the second overtime period. Knights forward Jeri Joiner had a shot hit the top of the bar with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime.

"It was a very physical game," Sanhueza said.

"We have nothing to hold heads down about."

The Bulldogs graduate eight seniors from this year's team that finished as area runner-up. Dutchtown closes the season with a 9-5 record with 50 goals. Sanhueza said next year will probably be a rebuilding one for her team.

"We will be in a whole new region," she said. "It will be a hard year with some of the top teams in the state in there I think the girls are ready for the challenge."