Florida High School Boys Soccer

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 […]

Raiders ride unbeaten streak into district tourney

Raiders ride unbeaten streak into district tourney

Navarre wrapped up its regular season on a high note, riding a five-game unbeaten win streak into the District 1-4A tournament. The Raiders won four of their last five games and ended the season last Tuesday with a 0-0 tie against Pensacola Catholic. On Monday, Navarre crushed rival Gulf Breeze 5-0. Kobe Banks scored twice, […]

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 open soccer season with two wins

Raiders open soccer season with two wins

Navarre’s boys soccer team made quite a statement in its opening week of the season. The Raiders won a pair of games and saw their third opportunity for a win washed by rain Saturday. Navarre opened the week Wednesday with a 7-2 win over Escambia. The Raiders dominated from start to finish and were led […]

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. […]

Raiders move on to semifinal round of district tourney

Raiders move on to semifinal round of district tourney

Hayden Richard stepped up his game Monday night and propelled Navarre into the semifinal round of the District 1-4A boys soccer tournament. The Raiders blanked Pace 3-0 in the opening round and advanced to a showdown with Washington Wednesday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. It will be the third […]

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 […]

Raiders roll to district win over Patriots

Raiders roll to district win over Patriots

Navarre’s boys soccer team started off slow against Pace, but soon enough the Raiders started playing at a higher level and went on to crush the Patriots 7-0 in a District 1-4A battle on a chilly Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Zach Shealey led the charge with an impressive four-goal performance as the […]

Raiders offer glimpses of potential in opening week of season

Raiders offer glimpses of potential in opening week of season

If anyone was looking for a sign that expectations have been raised for Navarre’s boys soccer team, look no further than the Raiders’ reaction to having to settle for a tie in their season opener against area power Niceville last Tuesday night at the NYSA Soccer Complex. The players were a little frustrated they let […]

Navarre’s boys soccer team putting emphasis on conditioning

Navarre’s boys soccer team putting emphasis on conditioning

Practice starts with the players on Navarre’s boys soccer team running laps around the field. They follow that with pushups and situps and then run through a series of drills that involve running, weaving around obstacles and leaping over bars. More than 20 minutes pass and the Raiders haven’t even touched a ball yet, but […]

Raider boys soccer team highlights week with win over Choctaw

Raider boys soccer team highlights week with win over Choctaw

Navarre’s boys soccer team played three tough matches over six days. Each contest was decided by one goal. Unfortunately, the final one resulted in Navarre’s first loss of the season. Navarre 2  Choctaw 1 Navarre hosted defending state champion Choctaw November 11. The Raiders got on the board in the 10th minute. Mat Dunham crossed […]