There were two unwelcome firsts for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer teams last week.
The boys and girls teams each lost their first games of the season last week and added the first losses in district play to boot.
But rebounding over the weekend with wins over Tallahassee Godby, the booters got back on stride.
Both teams are now 2-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in District 1-1A.
North Bay Haven
Both teams lost by identical 3-1 scores to North Bay Haven at Harder’s Park in Bay County last Wednesday.
The Lady Tiger Sharks found themselves in a 3-0 hole against North Bay Haven before senior forward Lexie McGhee converted a penalty kick for a goal midway through the second half.
A Port St. Joe penalty kick in the first half was missed.
"We played very uninspired tonight and we will have to do a much better job on that aspect if we are to have a successful season," said Port St. Joe coach Gary Hindley.
Starting eighth-grade keeper Celeste Chiles played all 80 minutes in goal, giving up all 3 North Bay Haven goals while facing 15 shots and making five saves.
The Port St. Joe boys were outshot 12-8 by North Bay Haven and fell into a 2-0 hole before Marcel Duarte, a junior forward, tallied his second goal of the year unassisted.
Duarte now has 61 career high school goals, 11 back of school record-holder JMason Ray’s 72.
Junior keeper Tyler Alford played all 80 minutes in goal recording seven saves.
Hindley said the Tiger Sharks had opportunities to tie the game, missing two penalty kicks.
The following night, at home, the boys and girls teams lost to Franklin County in district competition.
The girls fell behind 4-0 in the first half but a second-half comeback, which Hindley labeled “valiant” fell short in a 4-2 loss.
The Lady Tiger Sharks had trouble defending and protecting goalkeeper Celeste Chiles, Hindley said.
The Lady Seahawks outshot Port St. Joe 12-6 and Chiles made eight saves.
McGhee scored her third goal of the year on a second-half penalty kick and midfielder Christian Laine added her fourth goal on a long looping shot to the back post.
The boys were overwhelmed 6-0 by a Franklin County squad that Hindley said, “Came out with loads of energy. We had trouble matching their size and speed.”
For much of the night Port St. Joe was also without Marcel Duarte, who re-aggravated hip flexor and hamstring injuries.
The girls opened with their second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win and the Tiger Sharks followed with a 3-1 victory.
McGhee scored her fourth goal of the season, Kathleen Rish added her third and defender Britteny Shoemaker her first as the Lady Tiger Sharks netted three unassisted goals.
Chiles was forced to make just two saves on four shots and Port St. Joe had 12 shots. Chiles now has a 1.75 goals-against average for the season.
Jacob Lacour scored two goals and his older brother Drew Lacour had a penalty kick goal and two assists in leading the Tiger Sharks.
Drew Lacour has 24 career assists, trailing program career leader Daniel May by just three.
Duarte again sat out the match.
Alford evened his record while making six saves on eight Godby shots. Port St. Joe had 15 shots.
Port St. Joe played Baker Tuesday during the school day, the final day before the Thanksgiving break.