NEW PORT RICHEY — In a battle of teams with only one loss, Gulf scored just minutes in and appeared to have the early upper hand against River Ridge.
But the advantage didn't last long.
The Knights knocked in four unanswered goals and defeated the Buccaneers 4-1 Friday night.
"It was a wake-up call," River Ridge coach Skip Glover said of the early deficit. "I mean, Gulf is a good team. We didn't play the way we should have and they made us pay for it."
Alicia Schulman scored the opening goal on an assist from Hanna Foster.
The Knights tied the game on a goal from Jenny Karl, who officially assisted on two other goals and played a big part on the fourth goal. Jessica Tata gave River Ridge (10-1-1) a 2-1 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half. Karl assisted with a pass the width of the field.
Kendra Secrest made it 3-1 in the second half after she took a pass from Karl. Corinne Pieterse made the score 4-1 just being at the right place at the right time. Karl started off the scoring play with a free kick and Tata crushed the ball off the post. Pieterse took the rebound and tapped it in.
After the game, Glover said one goal and three assists was just a normal night for Karl.
"That's how she plays all the time," he said. "That's Jenny Karl. That's how she does it."
Karl said the cold weather made her adrenaline go crazy. Asked which of the four goals was the best of the night and she claimed the prize. But asked which goal was the best to watch and she said Tata's goal in the first half.
"She bammed it right in the corner," Karl said. "That was pretty nice."
Lisa Jadick took the win in net with four saves. Melissa Morlan took the loss for Gulf (5-2-4) with eight saves.