BAKER — The Baker girls soccer team had another day of growing pains Saturday as the Gators hosted Port St. Joe in a doubleheader.
Baker lost the first game 4-0 before. After taking a break for the boys to play, the Gators lost 2-1 in the second game to fall to 3-8 on the season.
The first game was closer than the final score indicated, as Baker held the Sharks scoreless throughout the first half.
However, when things went downhill for the Gators, they snowballed quickly.
Port St. Joe scored the afternoon’s first goal on a rebound play early in the second half. The Sharks added a goal midway through the half before scoring twice late in the game to seal the win.
Baker coach Tammy Kerrell had seen her team’s strong effort fall apart in a matter of minutes before.
“The first half we played awesome,” she said. “We should have scored on a couple of occasions, but we played well.
“But it was that first score against us — that shouldn’t have — that brought us down. That’s when our communication went away. That’s when we started playing down and lost our momentum and couldn’t get it back.”
Mercedez Harpster, Tori Foster and Kali Havens all played well in the loss, Kerrell said.
Kerrell saw the bright side of the 4-0 loss that was closer than the final score indicated.
“We still kept it to 4-0 and two of them were penalty kicks,” she said. We are still playing as a team. We didn’t get so frustrated that we totally lost it.
“We still kept our cool. We just need to play our ability the whole game.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524