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Cardinals struggle early in 3-1 loss to Dutchtown


A poor start was too much for the E.D. White Catholic boys to overcome as they fell to Dutchtown, 3-1, in Thursday's non-district match.

"They made their chances, and we didn't," E.D. White coach Roger Bimah said. "That's what happened. It's an unforgiving game. If you don't make your chances and they make theirs, you lose."

Dutchtown began the match with a quick assault on the Cardinal's goal. Ryan Redmond's shot in the second minute of play was sent wide, and the following corner by Alex Sheets found the top left corner of the net for 1-0 lead.

"It was one of those games where you've got a tale of two halves because of the wind" Dutchtown coach Larry Chambless said, "and we were fortunate enough to have the wind the first half."

Dutchtown added a second two minutes later when a throw-in fell to Jeremy Thompson who sent it into the back of the net.

The Griffin's Layson Marcus had a shot hit the crossbar in the 17th minute, but Marcus promptly scored on his next touch, as an Evan Wilfong throw-in led to a goal and a 3-0 Dutchtown lead.

The Cardinals got one back in the 27th minute when Dutchtown keeper Jesse Dubose came out of goal and Seth Ledet put the ball into the empty net. E.D. White searched for a second with a 37th minute shot from Dillon Pierce forcing a save from Dubose, but Dutchtown went into half up 3-1.

"We've been a team that's struggled to get more than a goal in a game," Chambless said. "We were in a position we hadn't been in for a while, getting two goals in the first five minutes or so, so we kind of built our confidence up there. "

The Cardinals dominated play in the second half but could not find a second goal.

A Pierce throw-in in the first minute fell to Ledet, whose shot missed wide of the left post. Eight minutes into the half, Ledet again had a chance to score, but his header from the middle of the penalty box was saved by Dubose.

"He's getting better," Bimah said of Ledet. "He's not a traditional center striker, but he's getting better. He's getting lots of chances."

Dutchtown's only shot of the second half came from Nick Teaford with 17 minutes remaining and was easily dealt with by Cardinal keeper Brett Pierce.

The Cardinals' last chance came in the 67th minute with Ledet's shot sailing over the bar, and the Griffin's held on for the 3-1 win.

"The second half, with the wind in our face, we had trouble adjusting," Chambless said. "We just wanted to run from the ball, and players didn't want to work and come back and get the ball.

Bimah said the Cardinals need to improve on offense as the season continues.

"You've got to keep shooting," Bimah said. "100 percent of the shots, if you don't shoot them, are not going in. You can't wait for the perfect shot; the game's an imperfect game. You look at the way they scored, a deflection here, a rebound there; you've got to shoot the ball."