Preseason soccer turnout strong

Kathleen Rish

Kathleen Rish led the Lady Tiger Sharks in scoring last year as a freshman.

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Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Fifth-year Coach Gary Hindley held his initial organizational meeting for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer program last week, welcoming 45 players, 25 boys and 20 girls.

Practice for the coming season officially opens Oct. 7 for the Lady Tiger Sharks and Oct. 14 for the Tiger Sharks.

The boys return 14 players, six starters, from a team that finished 13-3-1 overall last year, 7-0-1 in District 1-1A.

Among the returnees is junior forward Marcel Duarte and senior midfielder Drew Lacour, each an all-District player last year.

Duarte, who led the entire Bay\Franklin\Gulf area in scoring last year, notched 32 goals and has 59 for his career. The school record is 72 goals held by JMason Ray (2007-10).

Lacour is closing in the school record for assists. He has 22, trailing school record holder Daniel May (2008-11) by five.

"It will be hard to replace our five graduating players, four of which earned all-District honors, but it will be exciting to see how far our younger players have developed and progressed,” Hindley said. "We will be missing our outstanding starting goalkeeper from last year (Tucker Smith, 1.257 GAA) and three of our starting defenders, so putting that back in place during early season, will be our priority.

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