The Lady Knights, though, successfully battled both elements for a 7-0 victory Wednesday.
River Ridge (13-4-2) advanced to host either Grady or Lumpkin County in next Wednesday’s second round.
Coach Sarah Goodbread was pleased with her team, even if it took them a few minutes to get on the scoreboard.
Once the Lady Knights did, they never let up.
“The girls have been really fired up this season about winning region and being in the state playoffs,” Goodbread said. “They know they have a good opportunity to do well, so they have just been working hard at that.”
Eleven River Ridge players combined to put a total of 36 shots on goal. Five of those shots found the back of the net in the first half.
Brooke DeSantis put River Ridge on the board when she netted a goal with 20:45 left in the first half. The sophomore then added a second goal 6 minutes later before her teammates began chipping in.
DeSantis led the team with eight shots on goal.
Alexis Lewis scored the first of her goals with 9:25 left in the first half, then scored again with 5:45 remaining for a 4-0 lead. Kristain Leone scored the team’s final goal of the first half with 36 seconds on the clock.
River Ridge didn’t let up in the second half. Lewis came out and completed a hat trick with 31:30 left in the game.
Deven Simpson capped the scoring with 44 seconds left in the game when her sixth shot on goal found the back of the net.
Goodbread, who sent a variety of players into the game, said her team didn’t take the field trying to leave a big mark. They just wanted to play well and leave with a win.
“I have told them to just play their best, because every game could be their last,” Goodbread said. “They know that, if they want to keep playing, they have to do well.”
Looking toward the second round, Goodbread remains confident.
“We are able to pass the ball very well, and I think they trust their teammates,” she said. “They know that, if they pass the ball, they will get it back. The trust issue is huge with each other.”