Gulliver girls’ soccer shows grit in victory

Like many of Gulliver’s girls’ soccer players this season, senior defender Kai-Lin Hernandez feels like she’s logged in as much time in the team’s training room as she has on the soccer field.

“I live in there,” Hernandez said. “We’ve had a bunch of players get hurt this year and fight back, but when we show the kind of heart we do on the field, it makes everyone play harder.”

Hernandez’s timely goal late in the first half gave the Raiders enough of a cushion to hang on for a 2-1 victory over Palm Beach Benjamin in a Class 2A state semifinal at Gulliver Prep on Friday afternoon.

The Raiders (21-0-4) secured their second trip to the state championship match in three seasons and will play Ocala Trinity Catholic on Friday at 8 p.m. at Melbourne High School.

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