As the soccer season winds down toward the playoffs, the Port St. Joe girls and boys each savored success and setbacks the past week.
For the Lady Tiger Sharks, a nine-game string of undefeated play ended with a 5-1 loss to South Walton, which followed a win over Marianna and a tie with Rutherford.
The girls, who had not lost since Nov. 21, are now 7-3-3 overall, and seeded second in the district tournament which began Monday.
The girls faced West Gadsden at 8 p.m. ET at Tallahassee Maclay in the opening round of the district tournament. The semifinals were Wednesday and the final is scheduled for Friday.
The boys, now 4-8-1, beat South Walton 2-1 to snap a losing streak. The boys hosted Wakulla Tuesday and host Tallahassee Godby tonight, before beginning district tournament play next week as the number six seed.
The Tiger Sharks will open tournament play against third-seeded West Gadsden.
The Lady Tiger Sharks lost a 5-1, their most lopsided loss of the season.
Sophomore forward Kathleen Rish (the team’s second leading scorer) put Port St. Joe on the board early with her 12th goal of the season in the 18th minute. It was all South Walton from there as the Seahawks scored twice in the first half and three times in the second half.
Goalkeeper Celeste Chiles had a rough night, facing 12 South Walton shots and allowing all five goals while recording five saves.
A deflected goal by forward Jake Dickinson (his fourth of the year, the second game-winner) in the 88th minute was the margin in the boys’ 2-1 victory.
The win ended a four-game losing streak.
Drew Lacour scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, his ninth goal of the season and fourth penalty shot goal in four attempts. South Walton got the equalizer six minutes later on its own penalty kick, before Dickinson's heroics gave the Tiger Sharks the win.
Goalkeeper Tyler Alford had what Coach Gary Hindley called one of his best games in goal, facing 10 South Walton shots and making six saves.
The Lady Tiger Sharks won 4-0 and the boys went down 4-1.
Chiles recorded her fifth shutout on the season as the Lady Tiger Sharks held Marianna to just eight shots with Chiles making three saves.
Port St. Joe took 20 shots and the offense was led by Lexie McGhee who scored twice, giving her a team-leading 13 on the season. McGhee converted on his sixth penalty kick in six attempts on her second goal of the night.
Rish and Brittany Shoemaker also added goals.
The boys took an early as Lacour converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute of play. The Tiger Sharks were outshot 17-8 and Alford made eight saves.
Marcel Duarte sat out another match with flu-like symptoms. He has missed six of the previous seven games due a hamstring pull.
The Lady Tiger Sharks fought to a 1-1 draw last Tuesday while the boys lost 6-2.
The Lady Tiger Sharks gave up an early goal but gained the tie in the second half by virtue of a goal from McGhee, who converted a penalty kick.
Rutherford outshot Port St. Joe 12-8. Chiles recorded seven saves while giving up one goal.
The boys were under attack by a strong and fast Rutherford squad, Hindley said, falling behind 3-0 before getting on the board with a Lacour goal off an assist from Duarte.
Rutherford made it 4-1 before Cole Cryderman scored the second Tiger Shark goal unassisted.
Two Ram goals in the final 10 minutes of play rounded out the scoring.
Alford started in goal for Port St. Joe and faced 14 shots, making eight saves and allowing four goals.
Matt Rocha played the final 10 minutes in goal, facing four shots, making two saves and allowing two goals.