Since the middle of February, Navarre junior Emily Madril has been racking up awards, which helps validate what the Raiders believed all season — that Madril is the best girls soccer player in the state.
After being named the Class 4A Player of the Year on Feb. 17, Madril followed with being named Florida Dairy Farmers 2016 Miss Soccer one week later, and she is certainly well-deserving of the PNJ all-area girls soccer Player of the Year.
Madril, who has committed to play soccer at Florida State, received 102 total points to beat out Class 5A Player of the Year Payton Grewal (98) and Class 1A Player of the Year Bri Folds of Lakeland Christian (97).
The junior forward scored 40 goals and dished out 24 assists for the Raiders, who finished as district runner-up to Niceville and then lost to the state runner-up Eagles in the Region 1-7A finals.
Madril called the awards “special,” adding that she plans to enroll early at Florida State — thus missing the second half of her senior season at Navarre.
“Just being recognized as that player means a lot to me. … I feel like I took things a step further this year,” said Madril, who moved from Idaho prior to her sophomore season at Navarre.
Since that time, Madril has noticed day-by-day improvement in return for her work ethic.
“(Since I’ve been at Navarre), I’ve gotten taller, stronger and faster,” she said. “The hotter weather in Florida has really helped with my conditioning. Freshman year my endurance wasn’t as good as it is now.”
Madril and the Raiders will seek a hot start next season, despite losing 12 seniors to graduation.
“We are losing a lot of talent,” Madril said. “But I think a lot of the younger kids coming up will fill into their places really well.”