The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls’ soccer season came to a sudden end in last week’s regional quarterfinals as the Lady Tiger Sharks were whitewashed by Tallahassee Maclay 7-0.
The game was at Maclay, which won the District 2-1A title. Port St. Joe was runner-up to Franklin County in District 1-1A.
The Lady Tiger Sharks finished 10-6-1 and tied the program’s deepest playoff run.
Port St. Joe coach Gary Hindley said it did not take long for the Lady Marauders to go up 1-0 with a goal in the fifth minute. Maclay was up 6-0 at the half and outshot the Lady Tiger Sharks 20-1 during that span.
Junior goalkeeper Christian Laine made 12 saves to try and hold off the consistent attack, Hindley said.
Maclay outshot the Sharks by a 32-2 count for the match. Laine gave up six goals on 28 shots faced and had 11 saves. She was relieved by seventh-grader Celeste Chiles, who played the final 30 minutes in goal and recorded two saves on four shots and gave up one goal.
The Lady Tiger Sharks have hope for the future with only three seniors graduating from the roster of 21. The Lady Tiger Sharks finished first or second in the district three of the past four years and should be a solid contender again next year, Hindley said.