VHS snaps skid thanks to Hernandez hat trick

VHS forward Claribel Hernandez drives past Taylor (Pierson) fullback Marlen Mendoza for a goal in the first half of Thursday’s match. The Buffalo defeated the Wildcats 4-2.

Claribel Hernandez has been one of The Villages High School girls soccer team’s best offensive players since she first set foot on the pitch as a middle-schooler. But, with her team in need of a win Thursday night, she took some inspiration from one of her classmates — Zach Bovelsky of the VHS boys team.

“I knew I had speed, but watching the boys games earlier, seeing Zach, it had motivated me a lot because the way he finishes has taught me,” Hernandez said.

Whether he realized it or not, Bovelsky is clearly a good teacher as Hernandez recorded three goals in the Buffalo’s 4-2 win over district rival Taylor (Pierson) Thursday night at The H.G. Morse Range.

“For Claribel to get three goals tonight was a huge plus for us,” said head coach Madison Taylor. “It’ll give her confidence coming into the next games.”

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