Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

Navarre’s girls soccer team swept all three games in the opening week of the season, putting the Raiders on pace, so far, to meet their head coach’s desire for an undefeated season. 

They outscored their opponents 16-6, picking up wins over Pensacola Catholic (10-2), Maclay (4-3) and Chiles (2-1).

However, the “goals against” number is something head coach Rob Simon takes issue with. 

“Six goals in three games is too much,” he said, explaining that he didn’t expect to see that many goals-against until December.

While each of the three soccer games presented itself differently, the first halves proved to be the team’s Achilles’ heel. 

Defender Dana Johnson blamed the long holiday weekend for the opening-game stutter-start. But after the third straight game of first-half timidity, the consensus opinion was that there needs to be absolute focus and consistency for the entire match.

Navarre went into halftime tied at 2-2 against Pensacola Catholic, knotted at 1-1 against Maclay, and down by one against Chiles.  “We struggled at the beginning but pulled through at the end,” Johnson said after the win over Catholic. “I think we really showed how resilient we are.

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

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