Port St. Joe High soccer season gets underway

Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM.

“We still have a ways to go to improve the technical quality, but the numbers interested in pursuing the sport has been significantly increased.  No high school soccer program can be successful without a proper feeder Program," Hindley said.

Hindley, who is five wins short of 400 professional wins in his career (395-282-24, spanning high school, college and professional ranks, looks to pick up those wins in the November portion of the Tiger Shark schedule. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams open at Rutherford Nov 6.

The Lady Tiger Sharks return 10 lettermen from a team that went 9-4-1 in 2011 and lost in the District 1-1A semifinals. Three time all-District midfielder, Rachel Jones, the school’s all-time leader among girls in games, goals, assists and points has graduated and "will be very difficult to replace,” Hindley said.

Hindley also loses all-District goalkeeper Shannon Pridgeon, who decided to basketball a try this winter.

The Tiger Sharks return 11 lettermen from last year’s 15-3-1 squad that won district and lost in the regional quarterfinals. The team’s leading scorer, sophomore Marcel Duarte, who led the district and tri-county area (Bay, Gulf, Franklin), with 19 goals as a freshman, returns along with second leading scorer, senior Javarri Beachum (13 goals) and fourth-leading scorer, sophomore Cole Cryderman (six goals) to bolster the offense.

Hindley's said his task early in the season will be to replace the defensive back four and goalkeeper, who all graduated.

"I will be shuffling a handful of both returnees and newcomers into those positions during the early season to see which combination works best for us,” Hindley said. “It would be obvious that we have to find a capable goalkeeper as the main priority."

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