The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer programs each played two district matches last week with divergent results.
The Lady Tiger Sharks routed West Gadsden and beat Tallahassee John Paul II while the boys lost to the Panthers and beat John Paul II.
The girls are now 5-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in District 1-1A.
The boys are 3-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 in district play.
The host Lady Tiger Sharks had their highest offensive output since their season-opener last Wednesday as they beat West Gadsden 8-0 under the mercy rule.
Coach Gary Hindley said liberal substitution allowed all 16 players who dressed to play, “To gain valuable minutes of playing time.”
Port St. Joe jumped out with six goals in the opening half.
Forward Christian Laine had two unassisted goals and Lexie McGhee, Kathleen Rish, Rebecca Kerigan and Janel Kerigan netted a goal apiece.
For the Kerigan sisters it was their first high school goals.
Defender Brittany Shoemaker had the lone assist of the half.
In the second half, defender Rachel Douglas and Hal’leigh Keels each had their first career high school goal.
Assists came from Allie Strippling and Christina LaPlante.
Goalkeeper Celeste Chiles, just an eighth-grader, recorded her third shutout, raising her record to 4-2-1 and lowering her goals-against average to 1.429 on the year.
She made one save as Port St. Joe outshot the Lady Panthers 21-1.
Hindley called West Gadsden a “very skillful” opponent for the Tiger Sharks who fell 3-1.
West Gadsden outshot the boys 15-5 and Drew Lacour’s goal in the ninth minute was the lone score of the game for Port St. Joe.
Goalkeeper Tyler Alford made eight saves for Port St. Joe.
Tallahassee John Paul II
Both teams took district wins against visiting John Paul last Friday, the Lady Tiger Sharks winning 3-1 and the boys following with a 3-0 victory.
McGhee scored her seventh goal of the season, unassisted, in the fourth minute to put Port St. Joe on top.
Senior forward Cat Robles made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 12th minute and Rish added her team-leading 10th goal in the 39th minute to finish the Port St. Joe scoring.
Chiles got the win in goal while making four saves on six John Paul shots.
The Lady Sharks finished with 15 shots.
The Tiger Sharks, playing a sixth game (Port St. Joe is 2-3-1in his absence) without high-scoring forward Marcel Duarte, shutout John Paul.
“The boys played one of their most complete games of the year,” Hindley said.
Alford had the shutout in goal (his first) as he faced eight shots and made seven saves. His goals-against average is now 2.556.
Sawyer Raffield and Cole Cryderman scored their first goals of the season and Lacour scored his team-leading sixth for Port St. Joe.
Duarte continues to nurse a hamstring problem and was joined on the sidelines Friday by midfielder Jacob Lacour, who sustained a shoulder injury and could be out the next four weeks.
A scheduled match with Franklin County was rained out last Saturday. The boys and girls are next at home at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 10 when the teams host South Walton.