GIRLS SOCCER: Port Charlotte torches Dunbar

By Pete Sisk, Sun Correspondent

It was a great way to get the week started.

The Port Charlotte High girls soccer team made quick work of Dunbar on Tuesday night with an 8-0 home victory in a District 3A-13 contest.

It was a nice turnaround for Port Charlotte (4-3, 3-1), which dropped a 5-0 district match against Mariner before the Thanksgiving break.

Facing a Dunbar side that had been outscored 52-1 this season, Port Charlotte coach Chip Stec’s main concern Tuesday night was seeing to it that the Pirates (4-3, 3-1) kept their heads in the game.

“They definitely didn’t take the night off,” Stec said. “We had our opportunities in the first half. We hit both uprights, the crossbar, I don’t know how many times. I don’t think we played very well in the first half. Our communication wasn’t there. I think we got a little greedy, playing individually instead of as a team.”

The Pirates led 3-0 by the first-half water break, and 4-0 at intermission. Four goals in 17 minutes of the second half brought the game to an early conclusion. It was the second 8-0 loss in as many nights for the Tigers (0-7, 0-3).

“It was a district opponent but a lower level district opponent we were playing,” Stec said. “There were some things today that I would have liked to have seen that I didn’t see.

Teala Brown, Isabella Reyes and Dayna Borges each had two goals for Port Charlotte, with Borges adding two assists. Cassidy Francis also scored, and senior Breana Salter notched her first varsity goal to bring the total to eight and the match to an end.

“It was pretty much a workout for these girls tonight,” Stec said. “We’ve got two more games this week, so it was a good game to start the week.”

The player who may have gotten as much of a workout as any didn’t even play. Sophomore Tori Thompson, recovering from a knee injury, was kept busy chasing down balls that went wide of the Dunbar goal.

The Pirates’ domination was such that goalie Grace Stec had little need to mind her own net. She spent much of the game near midfield, and joined in on the attack on the Dunbar goal at times.

When Port Charlotte reached 7-0, Stec got his senior reserves into the game to allow all his seniors to be on the pitch at the same time. That led to Salter’s goal.

“I made sure all my seniors were on the field at the same time, which is good for them,” Stec said. “They never get to play all at the same time except on senior night.

“That was a beautiful goal. She dribbled through two players and scored from the back post, which was a nice shot.”

The Pirates have two more games coming up this week: a non-district match Thursday against another winless team in 0-8-1 Sarasota, then a district game at Lemon Bay on Friday.

“That’s going to be a big game for us,” Stec said of the match against the Manta Rays.

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