Navarre’s five senior soccer players set to leave their mark on program

Emily DePersio was told that a reporter wanted to do an interview with the rising seniors on Navarre’s girls soccer team.

“I’m like ‘That’s not me,’ and then you realize it is. It’s hard to believe,” DePersio said.

Fellow senior Kylie Lawson had a similar reaction.

“It’s hard to believe it’s our last year,” Lawson said. “I remember my freshman year looking up to the seniors we had, and now we are in that position.”

Time does indeed have wings and it won’t be long before the soccer season is underway, a season that will not only mark the last go-round for DePersio and Lawson, but for Brenda Bishop, Abby Morgan and Sierra Fernandez as well.

They are eager to make the most of it as part of a program that has a growing tradition of success.

“Everyone wants to do the best they can to make it our best season yet,” Bishop said.

Morgan echoed those thoughts.

“We want to make it count,” Morgan said.

This group of seniors has won 66 games over the last three years. They had a chance to experience going to state as freshmen and played on a team last season that was ranked No. 1 in the country at one point.

“It’s pretty cool to think about everything we’ve accomplished,” Fernandez said. “It’s exciting to be part of this team and with this group of seniors.”

Navarre head coach Rob Simon calls this group of seniors the most successful one the program has ever had and believes they gained a great deal from the experience of past seasons.

“They have learned a lot from the kids before them,” Simon said. “They aren’t the most vocal group but they show their leadership through their actions.”

Read the full article in the June 8 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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