Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Its top three scorers are all back and just four players are gone from a Navarre boys soccer team that won 16 games and finished as the district runner-up for the second time in three seasons.

Expectations are high to say the least, and the Raiders understand as much. They embrace the challenge of living up to them.

“We feel like we have a lot of guys that can step up,” senior Jack Patching said. “We hope to make it further than we have the past few years. Coach seems to think we will.”

Navarre has every reason to believe it can take the next step and make a deeper postseason run.

Patching is among those top three scorers, punching in 11 goals. Kobe Banks is the top scoring threat for the Raiders, finishing among the area leaders in goals scored with 20. Hayden Richard struck for 12 goals. All three are seniors on the soccer team.

“We have most of the same guys back and should have a strong team,” Raider head coach Abdalla Elbaioumy said. “We’re going to have a strong offensive team.

Read the full article in the Nov. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.


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