Raiders ready for district playoffs

Navarre 9, Fort Walton Beach, 1

The Raiders won their second game of the week at home against Fort Walton Beach on Jan. 6 by a 9 – 1 score. However the fans came to see more than a game. They were there to pay homage to the seniors of the 2015 – 2016 Lady Raiders’ soccer team. The 11 seniors, Gianna Bly, Kayla Folse, Lexi Stikeleather, Carley Lanter, ‘Cat’ Bacccarini,`

Julianna DeSalle, Kelsey Haden, Kaylynn Ennis, Sydney Whiteside, Mariah McKinney, Melia Gross with manager Dylan Ray, were honored prior to the game.

The Raiders took a little time before unveiling their powerful offense to the Viking defense. In the 11th minute, Gross ran in from the right side, took a pass from Haden and fired a shot that bounced off the right post. The ball rebounded out to Gross and she knocked the ball in with her left foot.

The Raiders scored again in the 20th minute. After taking a pass from Haden, Folse made several good moves near the right post before driving a shot past the Viking keeper to give the Raiders a 2 – 0 lead.

After a long Viking shot brought the Vikings within one, the Raiders scored in the 30th minute when Emily Madril found Tori Martino closing in. Martino put it away for a 3 – 1 lead going into halftime.

The Raiders scored three quick Emily Madril goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half. She was assisted by Haden, Folse and Gross.

In the 56th minute, Gross scored her second goal on an Emily Madril assist, to take a 7 – 1 lead.

Read the full story in the Jan. 14 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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