With temps in the mid-40s and the wind howling off the bay, the Destin Marlins persevered for a 5-0 shutout over the visiting Pryor Pirates in middle school soccer action Tuesday evening.
“The adverse weather conditions affected everyone. The wind didn’t allow the girls to play how they like to, but they persevered and got the result,” said Destin Coach Demetris Stevens.
“A couple of girls got their first goals for DMS tonight and we didn’t concede a goal,” he added.
First-time scorers for DMS were Bella Powell and Emilie Stancevic.
Scoring the other three goals was Ally Dowdy.
Dowdy scored her first goal in the first six minutes of play putting the ball high into the net.
The second Destin score came about four minutes later. From about 20 yards out, Powell knocked a ball straight ahead for the score, catching the goal keep out of the net.
With about eight minutes left in the first half, Dowdy struck again for the Marlins on a long shot putting the ball high in the net for a 3-0 lead.
In the last five minutes, Destin’s Jareny Enriquez made two shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
However, with 1:15 left in the first half, Dowdy crossed a shot in from left to right for the score and a 4-0 lead at the break.
Battling against the wind in the second half on the north end, Destin struggled to get the ball in the net.
With 6:30 left in the game, Destin’s Stancevic found the back of the net on about a 15-yard boot.
“We still have a way to go but we are taking strides in the right direction,” Stevens said.
On Wednesday, Destin went head-to-head with rival Ruckel of Niceville.
The Marlins came up short 1-0.
“It was a game between two evenly matched teams,” Stevens said. “Both teams had chances that went unconverted and unfortunately we blinked first. There was a defensive error and as good teams do, Ruckel capitalized and scored with the chance that was created. Hopefully, this galvanizes our team.”
Nevertheless he said, “The girls gave a great effort, but we are growing as a team and we still have goals to strive for.”
Up next for the Marlins is a 5 p.m. game Nov. 20 against St. Mary’s. The game will be played at Meigs Middle in Shalimar.