Navarre’s girls soccer team suffers loss to Vikings

Navarre outshot Fort Walton Beach, but two first-half goals proved too much in a 2-1 loss.

The Raiders fall to 7-3-1. The Vikings are 3-4.

Maia Vacks sent a stinging liner into the top left corner just four minutes into the second half for Navarre’s only goal. Navarre continued the attack, but none of their six shots made it past the Vikings’ goalkeeper. 

Navarre was without the services of three senior starters: Hailey Bastian and sisters Autumn and Jade Slaybaugh. Bastian is still recovering from a head injury and progressing through protocols to return to play. The Slaybaugh sisters were away for family circumstances.

“It forced players to get on the field and play that have been on the bench,” Navarre head coach Rob Simon said. “It gave them a chance to step up. The weather and all the lineup changes, I think it took the girls out of their rhythm and flow. They came out flat in the first half. We were on our heels … just never able to assert ourselves and play like we would play normally.

Read the full article in the Dec. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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