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Hornets boys fall short in FHSAA soccer state final rematch

AUBURNDALE — Bishop Moore gave Miami Gulliver Prep all it could handle Saturday night in an FHSAA Class 4A boys soccer state championship game rematch.

Similar to last year, the Hornets (24-3-0) came up one goal short during a 1-0 loss under a full moon at Lake Myrtle Sports Park.

Gulliver Prep (25-0-1), ranked No. 2 nationally by MaxPreps, extended its unbeaten streak to 31 matches.

The decisive goal came nearly five minutes into the second half when a corner kick went off the shoulder of sophomore Jacob Lombard and into the far corner of the net.

Playing in its third straight state final, Bishop Moore came up empty on several scoring chances the rest of the way.

“All credit to them. They made us pay for the biggest mistake of the game,” Bishop Moore coach Tom Hage said. “Our kids competed well. They did everything we asked and game-planned for.”

The loss marks the third narrow setback in the state finals in as many years for Bishop Moore.

Gulliver Prep defeated Bishop Moore 3-2 in last year’s state final. The Hornets fell 1-0 vs. Miami St. Brendan in 2022.

The loss this time ended a 21-match win streak and dropped the Hornets to 0-5-0 all-time vs. the Raiders, which includes four losses since the 2020 season.

“It’s unfortunate, but someone had to win and someone had to lose,” Hage said. “Unfortunately, we’re not having much luck in these state finals.”

This article originally appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email J.C. Carnahan at jcarnahan@orlandosentinel.com.