MELBOURNE: Gulliver Prep’s bid for state title falls short against Ocala Trinity Catholic
MELBOURNE — Gulliver’s girls’ soccer team figured out how to overcome plenty of obstacles this season.
Despite injuries piling up throughout the playoffs and having to shift lineups nearly every match, the Raiders stayed undefeated and appeared on course to winning a second state title in three years.
That changed Friday night when Gulliver couldn’t find an answer for Ocala Trinity Catholic and its senior striker Tabitha Tindell.
Led by Tindell’s three goals, the Celtics poured an offensive onslaught on the Gulliver goal and dealt the Raiders a 4-1 defeat in the Class 2A state championship match at Melbourne High School.
Gulliver (21-1-4) fell one victory shy of what would have been its second state title in the past three seasons. Ocala Trinity Catholic (20-2) secured its first championship.
The Raiders lost their first match since last season’s regional final against American Heritage-Delray.
“To get where we did, if you look at our team at the start of the season to …