Raiders top Jaguars, nearly stun Dolphins

Navarre’s girls soccer team might’ve dropped a tough one against Gulf Breeze, falling 3-2, but they also drenched West Florida 4-1, gaining momentum for the season’s final push. 

The Raiders (10-5-2) battled the rival Dolphins Thursday, and blustery winds from the west made playing the ball difficult, especially in the second half.

“We were having issues just clearing the ball, and because of that we kind of got frustrated at times and made a couple bad decisions,” Navarre head coach Rob Simon said. “But it was just tough to play against the wind.” 

The Raiders fought tough against the physical Dolphins (13-2-1). After giving up a goal in the seventh minute, the Raiders went on to equalize on Maia Vacks’ gem on a free kick. 

Hunter Wallace said, “It was beautiful, right over Jayden’s head.” 

Then, four minutes into the second half, Hailey Bastian broke free behind the defense on the left wing and buried a left-footed shot.

“We cleared the ball, and their whole team was on that (offensive) half,” Wallace said. 

Read the full article in the June 22 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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