Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

4A region soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 2, River Ridge 1

WESLEY CHAPEL — In the first three matchups between River Ridge and Wiregrass Ranch, goals were hardly at a premium as both teams combined to score 24 goals in those games.

Something had to give in the 4A region semifinal between the district rivals Tuesday. While the teams have Pasco County's top goal scorers, it was Wiregrass' A.J. Blount who rose to the occasion, scoring two goals and lifting the Bulls to a 2-1 victory over River Ridge and their first region finals appearance.

"It's always a nerve-wracking game against River Ridge," Wiregrass coach Erin Dodd said. "I don't think I sat down once. We just had a little bit more heart tonight. We had a little more intensity, an extra step. Oh, and having A.J. doesn't hurt."

Blount, who has scored 40 goals this season, gave Wiregrass (23-2-2) the lead in the 36th minute off a chip shot over the head of River Ridge goalkeeper Lisa Jadick (five saves).

River Ridge (21-4-2) had its best opportunity to tie the game on a breakaway by forward Jessica Tata, who launched at shot that ricocheted off the left crossbar in the 51st minute and left the Knights searching for an equalizer.

That goal would never come, as Blount dashed away any hopes River Ridge had by knocking home her second goal in the 76th minute. The Knights got their lone goal in the 86th minute from senior midfielder Taylor Antioco.

The Bulls' first region final appearance is just another mark in their milestone season that includes reaching their first postseason, claiming their first district title and winning their first playoff game.

. Up next

Region finals

Friday at 7 p.m.

4A: Wiregrass Ranch vs. Harmony

4A region soccer: Wiregrass Ranch 2, River Ridge 1 02/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 10:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.
  4. Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov's offense even more dangerous

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.

    Nikita Kucherov’s backhand shot adds to his strong scoring.
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

    College

    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]