TRINITY — There was no getting by River Ridge goalkeeper Lisa Jadick on Thursday night.
Shot after shot, save after save became the mantra in the Knights' Class 4A region quarterfinal versus Mitchell. When nothing could be decided through two scoreless halves and two energy-filled overtime sessions, Jadick took center stage in the dramatic penalty kicks portion.
And she loved every second of it, as the junior made three saves to lift the Royal Knights to a thrilling 3-2 win in PKs over the Mustangs at Mustang Field.
"I was on my game today," Jadick said. "Watching my team play their hearts out made me want to play with everything I had in me.
"We've been practicing penalty kicks the past two weeks so I was ready for them."
Mitchell (20-3-1) had its opportunities, with senior forward Arielle Anahory having a couple chances in the first half, including a shot in the 19th minute that missed by inches past the left crossbar.
The second half featured much of the same back-and-forth play, with Jadick (14 saves) making a crucial save off another Anahory shot in stoppage time. After two quick overtime sessions, it would come down to PKs and it seemed like no one was more ready than Jadick.
She made saves on three of Mitchell's first four PKs. With the teams tied at 2, River Ridge sophomore midfielder Sarah Olin knocked home the winner and emphatically sent the Knights (21-3-2) into the second round. The win sets up a rematch with district rival Wiregrass Ranch, which defeated Gulf 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
"Lights-out, best match (Jadick) has ever played," River Ridge coach Skip Glover said.
"I think the girls wanted to play Wiregrass Ranch, but I think it was a toss-up between Gulf or Wiregrass."