An outstanding season came to an abrupt end last Wednesday in the Region 1-1A quarterfinal for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys soccer team.

An outstanding season came to an abrupt end last Wednesday in the Region 1-1A quarterfinal for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys soccer team.

The Tiger Sharks, who finished the season 18-4-1, were eliminated after a 2-1 loss at St. Joseph Academy of St. Augustine.

Port St. Joe was the only public school remaining in the Class 1A bracket.

After the five-hour bus ride, Port St. Joe, as it has all season, jumped out to an early lead after Marlon Lopez scored his 30th goal of the season in the game’s opening minute.

Port St. Joe sweeper Isaac Rocha left the game due to injury in the 37th minute and the Flashes evened the score 1-1 in his absence.

Rocha returned in the second half, but the Flashes scored the winning goal in the 59th minute and held off several late Port St. Joe chances.

“We lost to a very good technical team,” said Port St. Joe coach Eli Duarte. “We could have won, but playing away has its disadvantages. Our finishing could have been cleaner.

“I am very proud of the boys that kept believing until the end.”

The tough loss ended a season in which the Tiger Sharks were undefeated at home, including wins over Bay and Rutherford High Schools.

Port St. Joe out-scored opponents 79-27 for the year.

After Lopez and his 30 goals, Jacob Lacour added 15 (along with a team-leading 15 assists), J.J. Laine nine, Rocha seven, Kjeil Dickinson six and Max Harrison four.

Jacob Kennedy had three goals, Noah Campbell and Gavri Hytche two apiece and Kobe Dickinson and Blake Wood each scored one goal.

Laine finished the season with nine assists, Lopez and Rocha had six apiece, Jimmy Cummings four, Kennedy and Kobe Dickinson three each, Kjeil Dickinson, Drake Fulkerson and Wood two each and Bryson Lee, Zander Fulkerson, Hytche and Blake Gay each had one.

Goalkeeper Joel Bogaert finished with a 1.15 goals-against average, with 115 saves in 23 games. Hytche had a 1.62 GGA and made 12 saves over three games.

The Tiger Sharks will lose six seniors, but have four juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen coming back in addition to six junior-high players who contributed.

“They did an exceptional job representing Port St. Joe High School,” Duarte said.

Duarte thanked school officials, the booster club, sponsors, parents and school support personnel for their assistance, also thanking assistant coach Ramon Valenzuela and coach/trainer Nick Dickinson.