Thursday night was déjà vu for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer program.
Tallahassee Maclay, which ended the Lady Tiger Sharks’ season last week, ended the boys’ season Thursday night when an early goal held up for a 1-0 victory in a Region 1-1A quarterfinal match at Sam Cox Field.
The Tiger Sharks, District 1-1A champs, finish the season 13-3-1. Maclay posted only the third shutout of Port St. Joe this season.
The only goal in the hard-fought match came in the 10th minute and was the result, Port St. Joe coach Gary Hindley said, of miscommunication between two Port St. Joe defenders and goalkeeper Tucker Smith.
Hindley noted that Smith, a senior, played a “fine game” and kept the score line at one as the Marauders outshot Port St. Joe 10-2. Smith had six saves.
Smith, in his first year as a soccer goalkeeper, finished with a 13-3-1 record and a 1.125 Goals Against Average.
Maclay advanced to the regional semifinal on Saturday.
"Maclay is a fine club and is probably, as a program, still ahead of us, but we are closing the gap tremendously,” Hindley said. “We had a very successful season and the participation numbers continue to grow in both numbers and athleticism. We will miss our five graduating seniors, but will still welcome back 19 returnees."