Madril makes her own mark with Raiders

Soccer has always been a part of Lizzy Madril’s life.

“I’ve been playing it for as long as I can remember, probably since I could walk,” Madril said. “I’ve always loved the game.”

It’s a game the rising Navarre senior has found success in, finding ways to contribute whether it’s as a center-midfielder or at goalkeeper. If you ask her what position she loves more, the answer is an easy.

“As a goalkeeper, if you aren’t playing a very strong team, you are just sitting back there,” Madril said. “I like to be involved in what is going on in the game.”

Madril has been an integral part of the Navarre Raiders’ success over the last two years and also plays club soccer for the Gulf Coast Texans in Pensacola.

She moved with her family from Idaho to Florida two years ago and admits adjusting to a new school, a new team and a new setting wasn’t too difficult.

“Growing up in Idaho I had played with the same girls my entire life, so coming here, everything was new,” Madril said. “But everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and coach (Rob) Simon brought us in and treated us as if we had been there the whole time.”

Her first season with the Raiders was memorable, with Navarre winning district and regional championships before advancing to the state final four for the first time in program history. The run ended with a 2-0 loss to Viera.

Repeating that success last season proved to be difficult. Navarre saw its season end in the opening round of the regional.

“It was definitely rough. None of us were expecting our season to end so early,” Madril said. “But some years are better than others. I’m confident we will come back stronger this year.”

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