In a fluke of scheduling, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer teams played doubleheaders last Saturday against Baker.
Both the boys and girls won both games with the District 1-1A playoffs on the horizon.
The Lady Tiger Sharks finished district play 3-2-1 (8-3-1 overall) after winning 4-0 and 2-1 over Baker last weekend. Coach Gary Hindley expects the girls will be a second or third seed for the district tournament, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 15, with the finals Jan. 18, in Port St. Joe.
The Tiger Sharks beat Baker 6-3 and 8-0 to improve to 10-1-1 for the year, 7-0-1 in district play. The boys will be a one or two seed when the district tournament begins Jan. 22 in Freeport.
The unusual doubleheaders at Baker were necessitated due to a scheduling conflict and the need to finish district play with the girls’ tournament next week.
Lady Tiger Sharks
The first game against Baker (a third-year program new to the district), was keyed by Kathleen Rish’s two goals, increasing her team-high goals to 10. Juniors Lexie McGhee (her eighth) and defender Brittney Shoemaker (her second) each scored on penalty kicks. Junior Christian Laine started in goal and played 20 minutes with seventh-grader Celeste Childs finishing. Both faced just one shot and made on save to share the shutout.
The second match was much tighter but Port St. Joe prevailed behind goals by Rish and McGhee. The single assist on the day was earned in this game by senior defender Jaclyn Kerigan.
A record setting day by sophomore Marcel Duarte paced the boys.
Duarte had three goals in each match, increasing his team-high total to 25. With his first goal of the day, Duarte scored his 20th of the year to break the single-season school record set two years ago by JMason Ray and equaled by Duarte last year.
Duarte is closing in on the school career goal-scoring record of which is currently held by Ray at 72. Duarte has 38 currently with two-plus seasons to play.
Additional goals in the first game came from Kaleb Odum, with two (his fourth and fifth of the year), and an "own goal".
All 25 players on the roster saw playing time in the match, Hindley said. Senior Tucker Smith was in goal and was called on to make five saves on nine Baker shots. The Tiger Sharks had 24 shots in the match.
The second game was called due to the “mercy rule” with the score 8-0 in the middle of the second half.
Duarte had his fifth hat trick of the season. Senior defensive midfielder\defender Javarri Beachum also scored three goals (his second hat trick of the season) and now has 10 goals on the year.
Adding a goal was Odum. Assists came from Duarte, senior Daniel Jones, and eighth-grader Jacob Lacour. Smith was in goal once again and saw 60 minutes of action before giving way to Jones for 10 minutes and Drew Lacour for 10.
They shared the shutout as Smith made five saves, Jones one and Lacour three. Smith earned the win and is now 10-1-1 with a 1.269 Goals Against Average.
Both teams were back in action on Tuesday at Bozeman.