They represent the top teams on the North Suncoast. Overall records don't lie. The Hudson Cobras are on a constant search for respect. Homefield advantage is one way they've earned it. The River Ridge Royal Knights are searching for success. Sure, they stockpile district title trophies and bully just about every North Suncoast team they face. But there remains the constant quest to advance beyond the region semifinals, something they've never done. A win tonight will advance one of these teams to the region final with a shot at the final four. A loss will end someone's season and mean just one North Suncoast team has a shot at state.
River Ridge defeated Hudson 2-1 on Nov. 6. The Royal Knights got their two goals from Jenny Karl and Sarah Olin. The Cobras got a goal from Alicia Schuering.
• Hudson's 3-2 win over Mitchell on Dec. 8 gave the Cobras plenty of confidence that they could beat any opponent. They've won 10 of 11 games since with nine shutouts and have allowed just two goals.
• River Ridge defeated Mitchell in the region quarterfinals 2-0. The Royal Knights have looked dominant in recent games, outscoring teams 19-1 since the start of the district tournament.
Hudson: Jessica Imbimbo (seven shutouts)
River Ridge: Lisa Jadick (eight shutouts)
River Ridge: Karl (16 goals, 10 assists), Mikaela Morolla (12 goals , 11 assists), Jessica Tata (12 goals, five assists), Corrine Pieterse (11 goals, five assists)
Hudson: Schuering (22 goals, nine assists), Logan McGee (10 goals, seven assists), Erica Wills (10 goals, three assists)
Izzy Gould can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 421-3886.