Area soccer teams take aim at district championships

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

Navarre pulled out regular-season wins over seventh-seeded Pine Forest and eighth-seeded Escambia, which played for the right to match up with the Raiders tonight at 7:30 on field 4 at the Navarre Soccer Complex. Meanwhile, Fort Walton Beach beat its first-round opponent, Pace, 2-1 on Dec. 19.

The Vikings, who face the Patriots at 7:30 tonight on field 5 at the Navarre Soccer Complex, haven’t won a district title in more than a decade and last made the playoffs in 2011, where they advanced to the region semifinals.

Navarre, meanwhile, hasn’t won a district championship since 2004 and last made the playoffs in 2010.

Choctaw looks to defend District 2-3A title

Including back-to-back final-four appearances, Choctaw has made the playoffs four straight years.

Armed with a District 2-3A first-round opponent in fourth-seeded Milton tonight at 7 at Joe Etheredge Stadium, that postseason streak appears to be safe.

The top-seeded Indians defeated the Panthers by a combined 15-0 score – 8-0 and 7-0 – during the regular season. But those scores mean little to Choctaw coach Chris McDaniel, who said the one-and-done type atmosphere presents a whole new ballgame.

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