Girls soccer: River Ridge shuts down Central

By Chris Wagenheim
Published December 22, 2007

NEW PORT RICHEY - After losing its first game of the season last week, River Ridge used a struggling Central team to vent.

The Royal Knights shut out the Bears 7-0.

"We definitely took it out on them, our frustration, I would say," said Deanna Rossi, the Knights' premier senior striker.

Rossi stepped into the record books Friday, tying the mark for career goals with 107. Rossi started the game with 103, finding the back of the net four times - two in the first half, two in the second.

"I didn't know (I tied the record). They won't tell me," Rossi said. "If I could beat it, it would be amazing. That is what I am really trying hard to do, but at the same time, I am trying to be calm and not think about that while I am playing."

The Knights (12-1-1) started off strong, scoring in the 18th minute and then again in the 28th. At the end of the match, the Knights outshot the Bears (4-6-4) 36-4 - 66 percent of the Knights' shots were on target.

"We were so frustrated after the (Mitchell) loss," Rossi said.

The other scores came from Shelbey Holley, Jenny Karl and Mikaela Morolla. Holley scored off a free kick in the 24th minute, and Karl scored off a penalty kick in the 31st minute.

The Knights defense was as stingy as the offense was aggressive. The Bears had only two shots on target.

And despite taking several corners, the Bears couldn't get a shot off from set pieces. Heads-up clearing and well-timed tackles kept keeper Brittany Hahn's sheet clean. Hahn made two saves during the game.

"Our defense is good thanks to (Nicole) Whittle, our fantastic sweeper," Rossi said.