NEW PORT RICHEY — Since 2006, River Ridge coach Skip Glover and his girls soccer team have faced the same old situation.
Battle Land O'Lakes for the district title, earn a home playoff game and essentially end the season on a bad note, losing in regionals.
But Glover and the Royal Knights (17-2) hope the 2009 campaign goes a little differently after claiming their fourth district title since 2006 Friday, defeating Land O'Lakes 1-0.
"One to nothing, four years in a row. We had our opportunities and they had their opportunities and the difference was we just got one of ours in," Glover said.
And the difference in the game came in the ninth minute when junior midfielder Mikaela Morolla launched a rocket shot from 25 yards out that bounced off the top right crossbar and ended up in a perfect spot for sophomore Jessica Tata. Tata then rebounded the ball past goalkeeper Tara Marshall (eight saves).
Land O'Lakes (13-10) could not find many openings against a stiff River Ridge defense that has yielded only 10 goals all year and also notched its 12th shutout of the season.
The Royal Knights outshot Land O'Lakes 13-6 and had a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks.
"We played really well. It may have been the best we have played all year," Gators coach Vicky King said.
"During the year they dominated us a little more, but tonight we had more attack to us and had our opportunities to score."