The season may have started late due to Hurricane Michael, practices and games lost in the wake of the storm, but the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls’ soccer team was ready once it hit the pitch.
The Lady Tiger Sharks opened the season with three consecutive shutouts, led by the scoring of Ebony Alexander and Zoe Gerlach.
“We have just two upper classmen this season with many new faces, but the team is proving they will be a fun team to watch,” said Coach Bobby Alexander.
Alexander thanked the Gulf County Soccer Boosters and the Gulf District Schools maintenance department for efforts in making the season possible and for the many improvements that were made to the field over the off season.
He also thanked the parents and community for coming out and supporting Port St. Joe soccer.
Port St. Joe 8, Franklin County 0
The season-opener just before the Thanksgiving break was a spotlight for the Port St. Joe offense as Alexander scored four goals, Gerlach three with Haley Corzine adding the final tally.
Chloe Jones had a clean sheet in goal, making two saves.
Port St. Joe 6, Franklin County 0
The Lady Tiger Sharks took to the road for the first time and the result was another shutout as Jones had another clean sheet in goal, making three saves.
Port St. Joe opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Madelyn Gortemoller hit the crossbar only to have Ebony Alexander punch in the rebound.
Gerlach fed Gortemoller in the slot minutes later and Gortermoller converted to make it 2-0.
Shakeria Yates, in her first year with the program, followed with a pair of goals, unassisted in the 14th minute and again five minutes later on a “beautiful assist” by Gerlach.
That made it 4-0 at the first-half water break and Ebony Alexander and Corzine added goals to make it 6-0 at halftime.
“The ladies settled in during the second half with a focus on possession and defense,” Coach Alexander said. “The young team did a great job and kept Franklin off the scoreboard.”
London White took over in goal during the second half and registered one save.