Year in Review: Getting kicks on the pitch

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

The Port St. Jr./Sr. High School soccer program continued its growth spurt under Coach Gary Hindley, who entered his fifth season at the school in the fall.

Earlier in the year, the Lady Tiger Sharks finished 10-6-1 and made their deepest foray into the playoffs, losing to powerhouse Tallahassee Maclay in the region quarterfinals after finishing second in the district.

The Tiger Sharks went 13-2-1 but ran into Maclay in the region quarterfinals, bringing their season to a close early after reaching the regional finals each of the prior two years.

The boys were led by sophomore Marcel Duarte who was set the school single-season goal-scoring record and was on pace to shatter the school career record before being sidelined during the current season with a hamstring injury.

With Duarte out the boys have struggled but the girls are on track to take a third seed in the upcoming district tournament.

Maybe most notable is the growth in numbers of athletes participating in the program and the number of underclassmen – for example, the Lady Tiger Sharks’ are led by the scoring of a sophomore while an eighth-grader mans the goal – playing major roles in both programs.

As Hindley put it in the spring after the twin losses to Maclay, Maclay is probably a better overall program than Port St. Joe but the distance is narrowing.

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