The Port St. Joe High School soccer teams opened the regular season last Thursday with what Coach Gary Hindley called “impressive” wins over North Bay Haven at Harders Park in Panama City.
The Lady Tiger Sharks posted a 2-0 shutout while the boys earned a 6-1 victory.
For the girls, junior goalkeeper Nicole Endres earned the shutout in her first high school match. She faced only four shots and made two saves. Junior midfielder Christian Laine scored in the 42nd minute to put Port St. Joe on top, getting an assist from Brittany Shoemaker. Junior forward Lexie McGhee scored the second goal unassisted in the 58th minute. The Lady Tiger Sharks outshot their opponents by a 16-4 margin.
For the boys, last year’s leading scorer, sophomore Marcel Duarte, had two goals (in the 46th and 52nd minutes) and an assist to lead the offense. The Tiger Sharks first goal came from newcomer junior Kaleb Odum, in the 3rd minute, on an assist from eighth-grader Jacob Lacour. That was followed by an unassisted goal by midfield junior Drew Lacour in the 23rd minute. Senior midfielder Daniel Jones made it 3-0 with a goal in the 38th minute, with assists from Duarte and Drew Lacour. Duarte scored the next two goals to essentially put the game away, Hindley said.
On those goals Jacob Lacour and Will Shoaf provided assists. North Bay Haven, scored its lone goal in the 54th minute to pull it to 5-1, but senior Javarri Beachum, put in the final goal for Port St. Joe to make it 6-1. Beachum’s goal was unassisted in the 60th minute.
Senior goalkeeper Tucker Smith only had to make three saves on seven shots, while the Tiger Sharks racked up 25 shots on the night.
Both squads are off until Nov. 27 when they host District 1-1A rival Franklin County.
The girls kick off at 6 p.m. ET with boys following at 8 p.m.