Heartbreaking ending for Raiders in regional tourney

For 80 minutes Friday night, Navarre’s girls soccer team left everything it had on the field in a Region 1-6A semifinal in Tallahassee.

For one second,  Chiles got the break both teams fought so hard to produce over the course of two halves of intense, physical and emotional soccer.

A regional tourney game destined for overtime suddenly wasn’t anymore.

Because sometimes playing your heart out only leads to heartbreak, And on this chilly Valentine’s Day at Chiles High School, that was the case for the Raiders.

The second-seeded Timberwolves scored just before time expired. The goal set off a celebration on the field. Meanwhile, the No. 3 seed Raiders walked off the artificial turf stunned and in tears, the pain of defeat overwhelming them.

Their season ends at 17-6-2. Their dream of making a run at the state title ends as well.

Navarre head coach Rob Simon talked to his team on the field after the game. Though his words provide only so much comfort in the moment.

He’s proud of what his team accomplished this season, which included the program’s first district title since 2015, but he feels bad the game ended the way it did.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Simon said. “The way we lost that game was a heartbreaker. “Someone has to win and someone has to go home, And unfortunately we are the ones going home tonight.”

Both teams had chances. Neither could cash in on one until the end. Faith Good made three saves for the Raiders.

“If we were going down, we were going down with a fight,” senior Hailey Basitan said. “We fought until the end. We are heartbroken that it’s the end, but we should be proud.”

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