After four trips to Tallahassee and three games over a five-day period, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls lost in the District 1-1A championship game to host Maclay.
“They are a fast and talented team,” said Port St. Joe coach Gary Hindley.
Maclay won 4-1 and sent Port St. Joe (9-4-3) out on the road again for tonight’s regional playoff match at Orange Park.
Maclay scored three unanswered goals in the first half to take command of the game. The Lady Tiger Sharks got on the scoreboard when senior midfielder Christian Laine scored off a Brittany Shoemaker corner kick early in the second half.
Cat Robles put in another tally but was whistled for a foul just before scoring, wiping out the goal.
Maclay scored with 15 minutes remaining to complete the scoring.
Maclay outshot Port St. Joe 20-4. Celeste Chiles, in goal for the Lady Tiger Sharks, had nine saves.
Port St. Joe scored early and received an insurance goal late in beating Rocky Bayou 2-0 in the district semifinals.
The Lady Tiger Sharks scored in the 19th minute when a corner kick from Shoemaker was deflected into the net by a Rocky Bayou defender for an “own” goal.
Kathleen Rish scored her 15th goal of the season unassisted in the 76th minute to complete the scoring.
Chiles, just an eighth-grader, was in goal for the shutout, her seventh of the year, lowering her goals against average to 1.255.
Port St. Joe opened the district tournament with an 8-0 rout of West Gadsden in a game ended on the mercy rule.
Robles had a hat trick leaving her with six goals for the season, and she added one assist for a seven-point night.
Kathleen Rish scored twice and registered two assists and Laine had a goal and an assist.
Lexie McGhee is now a perfect seven-for-seven on penalty kicks after converting one and Cailyn LaPlante added a goal, Hayley Wood an assist (a team-leading fourth).
Chiles earned the win, making just one save on two shots. She shared the shutout with Laine, who had no saves and faced no shots.
The Lady Tiger Sharks had 28 to two for West Gadsden.