NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge senior midfielder Jenny Karl can shoot accurately from just about any spot on the field.
Give her a sliver of daylight between the posts and Karl's going to put it on net.
Breakaways, fadeaways, benders from the corner, screamers from distance — there's a good chance they're all going to threaten the goalkeeper.
Monday, Karl reached deep in her scoring bag of tricks for three goals to lead the Royal Knights in a 4-1 district win over Citrus.
"There's nothing that I don't think I can do," Karl said about her scoring prowess. "Whatever I try, I usually expect the best."
Everything Karl tried turned out for the best for River Ridge (8-2). After surrendering a goal in the third minute when Deycasha Miller angled a shot past Royal Knights goalkeeper Lisa Jadick (three saves) to give Citrus (5-3-1) a 1-0 lead, Karl equalized by stealing an errant pass around midfield and dribbling past a defender before slipping a shot into goal.
"Usually we're the team that comes out strong and scores first," Karl said. "…We had a breakdown in our defense on that first goal, but it happens. We have a young defense this year. We're still learning, still developing."
Karl, who has verbally committed to the University of Tampa, gave River Ridge the lead for good eight minutes later with a bending blast from 30 yards that snuck under the crossbar and over Citrus goalkeeper Victoria Ekeli (three saves).
River Ridge led 2-1 at halftime.
The Royal Knights increased their lead to 3-1 just two minutes into the second half when Jessica Tata received a pass in the box and sent a shot toward the far post that beat a diving Ekeli.
Karl's 20th goal this season ended the scoring barrage in the 47th minute with a curling shot from well outside the box just a few steps from the end line that caromed off Ekeli's hand and struck the far post before bouncing into the back of the net.
"I've been practicing shots like that a lot," she said. "I had one earlier like that that went over the goal so I thought I might as well try again. Luck went my way, I guess."