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5A region soccer: River Ridge makes most of one chance, tops Bloomingdale

River Ridge’s Jessica Tata, left, gets the advantage while fighting Bloomingdale’s Meghan Lanteigne for possession.

CHRIS PRICE | Special to the Times

River Ridge’s Jessica Tata, left, gets the advantage while fighting Bloomingdale’s Meghan Lanteigne for possession.

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge coach Skip Glover said he never wanted to hear the phrase "one and done" again.

And for good reason, as his Royal Knights silenced the doubters and defeated a tough Bloomingdale squad 1-0 in a 5A quarterfinal matchup at Jim Valentine Stadium on Thursday night.

"Well, I just don't want to hear one and done — ever again," Glover said. "It was a great match and Bloomingdale played really well.

"We just played our kind of match and we got our one opportunity and took advantage of our one opportunity."

The one opportunity seemed like it would not come in regulation, as both teams battled for control and a chance for the first goal.

In the first half, both teams combined for six shots and never took a direct shot on goal in the first period. The Bulls (13-4-2) outshot the Knights 8-6 for the game.

It seemed the Knights' one good chance passed when junior Mikaela Morolla took a free kick from 25 yards and barely missed the top left corner of the goal.

Morolla would get another chance and not miss, as teammate Shelby Holley kicked the ball to Morolla's path and she knocked it in from 14 yards out to give the Knights the lead with 8:33 left.

"Oh my God, the feeling is amazing," Holley said.

"It is almost indescribable," Morolla said about the Knights' first win in the quarterfinals in the past four years.

River Ridge (18-2) will travel to Newsome on Tuesday, a 4-0 winner over Land O'Lakes on Thursday night.

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