Sophomore Juliana Hernandez scores five goals in Indians' season finale

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The Venice High girls water polo team came back from a five-goal deficit after three quarters to defeat Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 15-14, Saturday at the Ransom Everglades Water Polo Invitational.

Trailing 12-7 and without a substitution, the Indians rallied for eight goals in the final quarter to wrap up the team’s first season.

Sophomore Juliana Hernandez scored five goals, freshman Mary Jane Bailey had two and freshman Amelia Baca tallied one.

“It’s hard to describe how proud I am for these seven girls,” said Venice coach Beth Bailey, who played the entire tournament with the required seven players. “We had six freshmen in the pool. Four learned water polo and two of those learned to swim just for this season.”

The Indians played in tournaments across the state this season including the February Lake Nona Invitational in Orlando, the Bobcat Tournament in Boca Raton in March, and this past weekend at the Ransom Everglades Invitational in Miami.