No longer being district rivals took away some of the tension usually present when the Ida Baker and North Fort Myers girls step onto the same soccer field.
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo and ball possession Friday night to the tune of a 5-0 victory at Moody Field.
Malfunctioning lights cut the game short by 15 minutes.
"One set of lights went out," said Red Knights coach Donna Agostinelli. "We went to reset it and they all shorted out."
In the long run, it probably saved the Knights, who had a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
"It's always a rivalry with Baker," said Agostinelli. "It's always good competition because us and Baker go way back and the girls all know each other."
Monique Elliott buried the first goal in the back of the net just over four minutes into the game to put Baker on top.
Elliott took another crack at the net along the endline midway through the first half, but the ball caromed off North keeper Amy Pavy. Neither Pavy nor another defender could find the handle on it, but Gabriella Halnan got a foot on the loose ball at the goal line for the score.
Just after the water break, the Bulldogs struck again to take a 3-0 lead into the intermission. A defensive handball call just outside the penalty box gave the Bulldogs a free kick, which Franny Farella delivered on a line into the upper left corner of the net.
In the second half, Alexsys Vargas became the fourth different player to score a goal for the Bulldogs before Elliott added her second score before the lights went out.
Amanda Kopale made three good saves for the Bulldogs while Pavy finished with seven.
The Red Knights (8-2) play at Gulf Coast Monday while the Bulldogs (9-1-1) face a key district match Tuesday at Fort Myers.
Cypress Lake 1, Island Coast 0: Cypress Lake broke a scoreless game with a goal in the final five minutes to clip Island Coast Friday.
Goalkeeper Sydni Brookhouser had 18 saves in the losing effort for the Gators (1-7), who host Lemon Bay Tuesday.
Oasis 1, Moore Haven 0: Brittany Skinner's goal with eight minutes remaining lifted Oasis to its first win of the season Friday.
Alexandria Roos was credited with an assist on the goal and Sharks goalkeeper Kayla Luchan made seven saves to preserve the win.
The Sharks (1-4-1) host Canterbury on Tuesday.
Cape Coral 3, Lemon Bay 0: Cape Coral kept its unblemished record intact Friday with a District 3A-11 win over Lemon Bay.
Oscar Camacho, Nathan Stone and Xavier Cuervas tallied the Seahawks' goals with Ron Lind assisting on one and Juan Cano two assists.
Goalkeeper Santi Villamil made nine saves to record his sixth shutout in seven games.
The Seahawks (7-0, 4-0 district) play at Golden Gate Saturday and host Mariner in another district match Tuesday.
Mariner 1, South Fort Myers 0: Lucas Orellana picked up a loose ball at the 18-yard box and buried it in the net to hand Mariner a District 3A-11 win over South Fort Myers Friday.
Jacob Olmstead made eight saves in the net for the Tritons, who got solid defensive play from Josh Teeter and Toby Lara in the back and Travis Pacheco in midfield.
"It was a good district win for us," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas. "It was tough defense and tough midfield work tonight."
The Tritons (9-1-1, 4-0) face off against Cape Coral on Tuesday.
Ida Baker 3, North Fort Myers 0: Jed Cicoria scored two goals and Filander Barahona one as Ida Baker snapped a six-game winless streak Friday with a win over North Fort Myers.
Landon Day assisted on one goal while Barahona had two assists and goalkeeper Rush Manterola made eight saves.
The Bulldogs (2-4-2) host Fort Myers Monday night.