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The view from the press box

The view from the press box

The Lead In The sun is shining this morning as we have finally bid farewell to the rain that has been nearly non-stop the last couple of days. And that means it’s time for high school soccer to resume its District 1-6A tournaments. Both Navarre teams are in action tonight. The girls were supposed to […]

Raiders keep momentum on their side

Raiders keep momentum on their side

Navarre’s girls soccer team recorded another successful week, rolling over Pensacola 6-2 last Thursday and topping Milton 4-3 the next day on senior night. The Raiders (12-5-2) are set up for a first-round bye in the District 1-6A tournament next week. “All our hard work is starting to pay off,” junior midfielder Maia Vacks said. “We just want to win […]

Raiders top Jaguars, nearly stun Dolphins

Raiders top Jaguars, nearly stun Dolphins

Navarre’s girls soccer team might’ve dropped a tough one against Gulf Breeze, falling 3-2, but they also drenched West Florida 4-1, gaining momentum for the season’s final push.  The Raiders (10-5-2) battled the rival Dolphins Thursday, and blustery winds from the west made playing the ball difficult, especially in the second half. “We were having issues just […]

Navarre falls in rivalry game to Gulf Breeze

Navarre falls in rivalry game to Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze smothered Navarre’s girls soccer team 3-0 last Thursday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.  This is Navarre’s third consecutive loss, and it is now 7-4-1 on the year. Still, the Raiders are in the middle of a 19-day sabbatical between games, which is something positive for head coach Rob Simon.  “We’re about two losses worse than I wanted to be, but […]

Navarre blanks Tate in girls soccer showdown

Navarre blanks Tate in girls soccer showdown

A 2-0 shutout of Tate last Tuesday gave the Raiders a launching pad into the Montverde Invitational this past weekend. The win over Tate made it a three-game winning streak, but Navarre came home from the tournament with a 7-2-1 record.  The Raiders played a scoreless tie against Ponte Vedra and dropped a 3-0 decision against nationally-ranked St. John’s Country Day.  The Raiders have […]

Raiders dominate opening week of soccer season

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 […]

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Navarre falls in close game with rival Dolphins

Hailey Bastian scored twice and Autumn Slaybaugh added another goal in Navarre’s 4-3 preseason loss to Gulf Breeze last Wednesday. Head coach Robert Simon was more interested in effort than the final score. “I’m very happy,” Simon said. “To come out healthy is probably my No. 1 priority. Number 2, the girls played well. There was a lot […]

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

Girls soccer team takes aim at another successful season

With a nucleus of players who took Navarre to the regional tournament last year, Navarre’s girls soccer team returned to the practice field Oct. 21. Seventy-eight athletes tried out, and three days later, head coach Robert Simon published a list of 19 players for the varsity squad. It features eight seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Last […]

Raiders prevail in battle with Trojans

Raiders prevail in battle with Trojans

There was never a feeling Navarre was in any danger of losing to Tallahassee Lincoln in a girls soccer showdown Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders did what they needed to do to stay a step ahead of the Trojans in a game that wasn’t always pretty but looked it on the […]

Navarre and Niceville play to a tie

Navarre and Niceville play to a tie

Navarre and Niceville squared off in girls soccer last Tuesday night, renewing their rivalry in Navarre on a wet and muddy field. The two rivals have quite a history, having battled each other in the district and regional finals the last few seasons. This season, both teams seemed to be evenly matched. The score at […]

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Campers arrived at the NYSA complex on June 4 to begin a fun-filled week of soccer. “We have about 80 campers this year,” coach Rob Simon said. “We attempt to encourage and foster the camper’s love of soccer. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Raiders pick up wins over Wildcats and Aggies

Raiders pick up wins over Wildcats and Aggies

The Navarre Raiders girls soccer team traveled to Washington last Tuesday and shut out the Wildcats by a 2-0 score and defeated the Aggies 2 -1 two days later at Tate. Navarre 2, Washington 0 The Raiders started the game against Washington with several members of their high-powered offense sitting on the sidelines. Coach Rob […]

Navarre’s girls soccer team off to strong start

Navarre’s girls soccer team off to strong start

Navarre’s girls soccer team was impressive in its first week of the regular season, giving up just three goals in three games and winning two of them. Raiders 8, Escambia 0 The Raiders opened their season at NYSA against Escambia Nov. 7 with an 8-0 win. Brenda Bishop returned to action from an injury and […]

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Raiders tested in preseason soccer tournament

Navarre head girls’ soccer coach Rob Simon believes that if you want to face good teams in February, you’d better have some on your schedule during the regular season. “It starts with the Niceville preseason tournament where we’ll face the Vikings from Fort Walton Beach and the Dolphins from Gulf Breeze,” Simon said prior to […]

Popularity of soccer camp continues to grow

Popularity of soccer camp continues to grow

Attendance at this summer’s Navarre girls soccer camp has exploded. “This is one of our largest turnouts for the camp since it was started several years ago,” Navarre head coach Rob Simon said. “We had 50 campers that pre-registered and another 25 that registered on the first day.” The campers were split into five age […]

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

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 […]

Raiders dominate second half in win over Dolphins

Raiders dominate second half in win over Dolphins

With a chill in the air and the wind blowing, Navarre’s girls soccer team knew it would be at a disadvantage in the opening half of its game against Gulf Breeze Thursday night. The Raiders went against the wind in the opening half and found themselves down by a goal at halftime. It was a […]