Abdalla Elbaioumy

Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Navarre off to strong start to its boys soccer season

Hayden Richard warmed up on the sideline every chance he had, the bone-chilling wind gusting throughout this cold November night at the Navarre Soccer Complex. On the field, Richard was hot as ever, scoring twice to lead Navarre’s boys soccer team to a 3-1 season-opening victory over Pensacola Catholic Tuesday night. “I felt all right. […]

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Boys soccer team enters year with high expectations

Its top three scorers are all back and just four players are gone from a Navarre boys soccer team that won 16 games and finished as the district runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Expectations are high to say the least, and the Raiders understand as much. They embrace the challenge of living […]

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Raiders finish as district runner-up

Navarre Raiders head soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy lost his father-in-law last week. He passed away the day before a District 1-4A semifinal showdown against Washington. Elbaioumy was on his way to practice when he learned of the death. He could have turned around and gone home. Instead, he continued with his drive to practice that […]

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

District title on the line for the Raiders tonight

Navarre rolled over Washington 5-1 Wednesday, punching a ticket to the District 1-4A championship game. The Raiders face Niceville tonight at 6 p.m. at Washington’s Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola. In the win over the Wildcats, Jack Patching scored twice. Hayden Richard, Kenny Morillo and Kobe Banks added goals as well as the Raiders earned […]

Navarre’s boys soccer team rolls over Bulldogs

Navarre’s boys soccer team rolls over Bulldogs

Last Wednesday night’s boys soccer game between Navarre and Crestview was as much about the present as it was the future. The Raiders recognized seniors Mason Fralick, Ethan Green and Kenny Morillo before the game. First-year varsity standout Kobe Banks stole the show on the field. The junior fashioned a hat trick, scoring all three […]

Navarre makes a statement in win over Washington

Navarre makes a statement in win over Washington

A cell phone rang during the middle of a first-half water break for Navarre during its boys soccer showdown against Washington Wednesday night in Pensacola. It was head coach Abdalla Elbaioumy. Suspended for three weeks after his ejection for arguing a questionable call in the Raiders’ shutout loss to Pensacola Catholic two nights earlier, Elbaioumy […]

Navarre cruises to win over Milton in boys soccer

Navarre cruises to win over Milton in boys soccer

As his team warmed up on a chilly December evening, a date with Milton a little over 20 minutes away, Navarre head soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy talked about the nature of soccer. He pointed out sometimes a team just knows it is going to control the game. And even if it falls behind, its confidence […]

Raiders have sights set on contending for district title

Raiders have sights set on contending for district title

Playing for the district championship the season before means the bar has been raised for the season ahead. Navarre’s boys soccer team finished as the runner-up, and the players understand that expectations are much higher this season. “We’ve set a precedent of what we should do. We’re expecting to go further,” senior team captain Mason […]

Raiders advance to district final with win over Wildcats

Raiders advance to district final with win over Wildcats

Heartbroken a year ago, Navarre was wrapped in pure joy late Wednesday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, a 2-1 semifinal win over area powerhouse Washington in the books, a trip to the District 1-4A championship game guaranteed. Senior Bobby Holderman never forgot that 1-0 semifinal loss to the Wildcats last season. “That was sad. […]

Raider soccer team making progress despite tough losses

Raider soccer team making progress despite tough losses

Rain poured down last Monday night as Navarre’s boys soccer team battled Niceville in a crucial district game at the NYSA Complex. The Raiders had already lost to the Eagles once this season and were hoping for a little revenge and to put an end to a three-game winless streak. They trailed 1-0 at halftime […]

Raiders endure painful ending to soccer season

Raiders endure painful ending to soccer season

Mario Cruz sat on the field at the Ashton Brosneham Complex Wednesday night, his face, with tears streaming down it, buried in his hands. Navarre head soccer coach Abdalla Elbaioumy walked over to him, knelt down and did his best to console the senior, who was just beginning to feel the sting of a 1-0 […]

Raiders cash in on scoring chances in win over Bulldogs

Raiders cash in on scoring chances in win over Bulldogs

Capitalizing on opportunities has been something Navarre’s boys soccer team has struggled to do at times this season. But the story was different Monday night, the Raiders executing their offense perhaps as well as they have all season in a 4-1 win over Crestview in the opening round of the District 1-4A tournament at Bennett […]