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2011 NCAA Division II Soccer Championships here

And we are getting national recognition for it.

From NCAA.com: As the daughter of an U.S. Navy officer, Kelli Bahr moved around a lot as a child. But the one place she always felt at home was on the soccer field, especially Pensacola’s Ashton Brosnaham Park on the Florida panhandle — the site of the 2011 NCAA Division II Soccer Championships.

Bahr, a fifth-year senior defender for Armstrong Atlantic, moved to Pensacola when she was 10 years old as her father Randy became the commanding officer at the Naval Air Station on the Gulf Coast.

It was where Bahr began to get serious about soccer, and joined her first club team — the Pensacola Futbol Club — which practiced and played at Ashton Brosnaham Park.

“My club coach was Louie Sahine — and other than my college coach, he was the coach that had the most influence on me as a player,” Bahr said. “Without him, I probably wouldn’t be playing college soccer. He shaped me into a centerback because he was a centerback. He thought that we should all dream big, and we did when I was 12 years old.”

Bahr’s U-13 club squad claimed the Florida Youth Soccer Association Cup state title in 2001, becoming the first Florida panhandle team to win a state club soccer title, regardless of age class. On Dec. 1, Bahr will come full circle as the Pirates take on Saint Rose in the NCAA Division II semifinals on her childhood field.

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