Quarterfinals on tap for Lady Knights
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
May 09, 2013 12:42 AM | 968 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rachel Peterson has manned the net for a River Ridge girls soccer team in the state quarterfinals for the first time of its still young history.
<Br>Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
Rachel Peterson has manned the net for a River Ridge girls soccer team in the state quarterfinals for the first time of its still young history.
Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
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Even with her team up 3-0 with a minute remaining, River Ridge girls soccer coach Sarah Goodbread didn’t breathe a sigh of relief during Tuesday’s second-round Class AAAA state playoff game.

“I was feeling good, but I wasn’t quite sure until the whistle blew,” Goodbread said.

It made sense. The Lady Knights led 5-0 in their first-round game with Chamblee before having to scrape out a 7-4 win.

In the second round, Lanier spoiled the River Ridge’s shutout with 37 seconds remaining, but it couldn’t spoil the celebration. The Lady Knights are into the quarterfinals for the first time in their history and will play Friday at Veterans High School in the central Georgia town of Kathleen.

River Ridge (13-6) led 1-0 after a first-half goal by Brooke DeSantis.

Allison Clarke-Hall scored directly off a corner kick in the second half, and Shannon Driscoll completed the scoring.

The trio have provided the bulk of River Ridge’s offense throughout the season, so it was fitting they did so in the playoffs.

Goodbread said she isn’t familiar with what to expect from Veterans, which, like River Ridge, opened its doors in 2010.

“They haven’t played a lot of the teams that we have, so it’s hard to get a good read on them,” she said.

However, at this point in the season, everyone is pretty good. The Lady Knights plan to just stick with what has been working for them and see what it does.

“At this point in the season, all we can do is play the game that we are capable of playing,” Goodbread said. “We just work on the things that have worked for us all season and finish our shots and stay strong on defense.”

The winner of Friday’s game will face either Wayne County or Columbus in Tuesday’s semifinal.
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