Raiders battle Dolphins to a tie

During the same week that Navarre goal keeper Jessika Seward made a verbal commitment to Wright State, those in the crowd at the Raiders’ showdown with Gulf Breeze last Tuesday night saw why she has the talent to play at the next level.

Seward made nine saves, including one on a penalty kick late in the second half to help the Raiders play to a scoreless tie with the rival Dolphins.

The players from both teams look forward to this game each year. Many of them play on the same select team during the summer. Although they are good friends in the off season, once they lace up their spikes, friendships go out the window.

This game was no exception as two yellow cards were assessed on each team.

In the first minute of play, the Dolphins ran a set play cumulating in a hard shot at the Raider goal. Seward was ready and stopped the ball, diving to her left just before it found the wide side of the goal.

The two teams banged away at each other at midfield.

“I had to make some positional changes because of the physically of the play at midfield,” Navarre head coach Rob Simon said.

Read the full article in the Dec. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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