Second-half rally propels Raiders to district title

The drought is over.

Five years after winning their last district championship, the Raiders finally hoisted a trophy again. They did it by rallying for a 3-2 win over Niceville in the District 1-6A title game Friday night.

Hailey Bastian scored the game-winner in the 69th minute under the lights of Bennett C. Russell Stadium, lifting the Raiders to the crown for the first time since 2015. That year, Navarre made a run to the state final four.

Megan Kirby scored in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead. But the four-time district champion Eagles punched in two goals in a span of 15 minutes to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Autumn Slaybaugh’s penalty kick in the 67th minute tied the score before Bastian finished off the comeback.

Faith Good made three saves for Navarre (16-5-2), which now turns its attention to the regional tournament.

The district title gives the Raiders an automatic berth to the tourney and they are assured of a first-round home game Tuesday night.

The regional bracket will be released Sunday.

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