CANTON — Allie Cody’s goal with 22:32 to play was the difference as Creekview beat River Ridge 1-0 on Friday at the Grizzly Den.
The win gave the Lady Grizzlies (2-1, 1-0) a leg up on the Lady Knights (0-6, 0-1) in what was the Region 6AAAAAA opener for both teams.
“It’s extremely important,” Creekview coach Kerri Schmitt said. “You always want to get that first game, especially in this region. Getting that win just sets the tone for the next one. It’s a whole lot better being 1-0.”
After a scoreless first half and scoreless start to the second, Creekview was able to push the ball forward and generate a corner kick.
Cody’s initial cross in was blocked, but the ball bounced back to her, and she was able to hook a shot into the right corner of the net from the top of the box.
“She spends all her time playing in the back,” Schmitt said of Cody. “She’s solid back there, but they don’t get a whole lot of credit. Getting her a little bit of credit is huge. I know that helps her, and the team loved it.”
While neither team could break through in the first half, Creekview controlled play and outshot River Ridge 8-2 before the break.
Goalkeeper Savannah Little kept the Lady Knights in the game, though, with four of her five saves in the first half.
“I’m happy with our effort,” River Ridge coach Bill Dillon said. “We’re still trying to figure some things out. We have seven freshmen out there most of the time, and we have a new coach and a new system. That’s a really good Creekview team. We bent a little early, but we didn’t break.”
After falling behind, River Ridge began to find its footing on attack. The Lady Knights got five shots off in the second half, including three on goal. They also got a pair of corner kicks in the final 90 seconds with a chance to tie the game.
Those opportunities resulted in a pair of shots on goal, but Creekview’s Bri Alexander finished with four saves to preserve the shutout.
“I think we see the talent there,” Dillon said. “We just still have those little moments where we let up. A team like Creekview will hurt you there. I wish it was like basketball, and I could call a quick timeout sometimes, but I feel like we’re starting to figure it out.”