NEW PORT RICHEY — The last time River Ridge and Land O'Lakes squared off, on Dec. 13, the Gators came away with an easy 6-0 victory.
With both teams just getting back into it after the holiday break, the second time around didn't differ too much as Land O'Lakes stymied the Knights once again defensively and cruised to a 4-0 win Friday.
"The main thing with our defense is we are really organized," Land O'Lakes goalkeeper Kody Parker said.
"During the winter break, a lot of us are playing for club teams and we're able to keep in shape. It was a pretty easy transition to get back into the groove of things."
Land O'Lakes (15-1) continued its impressive defensive effort on the season.
The Gators have put together 14 shutouts, and Parker rarely has been tested.
Friday, the Gators took the lead in the ninth minute on a cross from Miguel Laliberte to Andy Garcia, who headed the ball in for the 1-0 lead.
Laliberte would be next to score, in the 19th minute, and the Gators added another goal, off a penalty kick by Justin Lyles, 10 minutes before halftime.
River Ridge believed it had a goal in the 22nd minute off a header by forward Alberto Ancona. But the side official ruled the ball hit off the crossbar and right on the goal line.
There wouldn't be too many more opportunities after that as River Ridge got off only two shots on goal in the second half.
"We played pretty well," Land O'Lakes coach Mark Pearson said.
"But we could have played better. We looked out of sorts in the beginning, but it takes a little bit to get back into it. I just wish we could have put more in the back of the net."