Just one loss on the sheet
A week after suffering the season’s first loss, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ soccer team continued its impressive season, wrapping up a 5-1-0 campaign in District 2-1A.
The district tournament, with Port St. Joe, 13-1-3 overall, the top seed in the west division, is up next week.
Port St. Joe 2, North Bay Haven 2
The Tiger Sharks took to the road and overcame a 2-0 deficit to salvage a tie.
North Bay Haven scored on an indirect free kick in the 25th minute, the only goal of the half.
Converting a penalty kick in the 58th minute, North Bay Haven padded the margin but the Tiger Sharks pressed on offense.
Chris Anderson’s cross found Marlon Lopez who finished with composure in the 62nd minute to cut the lead in half and Lopez added another goal in the 70th minute on a free kick.
“It was an even match on a very cold night, very proud of the boys who came from behind to tie the game,” said Port St. Joe coach Eli Duarte.
Port St. Joe 2, Rutherford 1
The Tiger Sharks ventured to Bay County again and took a 1-0 first-half lead after a Rutherford own goal.
The Rams equalized on a breakaway early in the second half but a few minutes after Port St. Joe scored on a combination play involving senior Anderson and Lopez. The Tiger Sharks dominated possession after the Rams best player on the field was ejected and goalkeeper Joel Bogaert was called on to make six saves as Port St. Joe outshot the Rams 12-7.
Port St. Joe 5, Rocky Bayou 0
The Tiger Sharks, playing a third road game in five days, completed district play with a rout.
The first half showed the Tiger Sharks with tired legs and it was 0-0 at halftime.
At the 48th minute senior Blake Wood found the net assisted by Yanni Pateristas and five minutes later Anderson assisted Lopez as Port St. Joe went up 2-0.
Lopez scored assisted Anderson just before the water break to make it 3-0 and at the 62th minute Lopez was assisted by the district leader in assists, Sean Farnsley. This was Lopez 29th of the season and 70 of his high school career, two behind the record.
To finish the scoring freshman defender Henry Balogh scored in the 75th minute.
The Tiger Sharks had a 14-1 advantage in shots.