The last time Maclay and Port St. Joe met in the regular season, the teams played to a 1-1 tie.
Oon Friday night in the District 1-1A final in girls soccer, the Marauders made sure there were plenty more offensive fireworks.
Macaly controlled the action and beat visiting Port St. Joe, 4-1.
The aggressive Marauders forced the Sharks to scramble on defense.
Their offensive pressure in the first half turned into goals from seniors Reanna Leoni (30th goal of season) and Olivia Ooten (31st) and eighth-grader Anna Lewis (25th).
“It was great to get this one out of the way,” Ooten said.
“We really wanted this one after our game during the regular season finished in a tie.
“We just wanted to come out and give every ounce of effort we had, and that’s what we did.”
The second half would be a different story, though.
Port St Joe came out determined and focused.
The Sharks scored a goal right out of the gates as Christian Laine capitalized on the corner from Brittney Shoemaker.
And while Port St Joe would put up a fight throughout the second half, maintaining possession for majority of the second half, it wouldn’t be enough to catch the Marauders.
Reanna Leoni, the Big Bend’s leader scorer for the past four years, would add yet another for Maclay in the 72nd minute as they captured the district title.
It was a satisfying victory.
“We’re definitely excited to have gotten this one out of the way,” Leoni said.
“But we’re ready to get back to work and get ready for regionals.”
Maclay will host the regional quarterfinals on Thursday and look to continue their journey into the postseason.
“I’m really proud of the game we had tonight,” Maclay coach Paul Dickson said.
“It was more than just our seniors, everybody gave it their all and we came away with the win.
“I’m very happy for my seniors, though, some of which have been with me arks since the seventh grade.”