by Kevin Skiver
Milagros “Mili” Hernandez, 8, is an extremely talented soccer player. So talented, in fact, that she’s playing outside of her age group with 11-year-olds. Hernandez has aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player, as the Washington Post reports.
But a case of mistaken gender caused Mili’s team, the Azurri Achurros, to have to forfeit playing in a championship match at a tournament in Nebraska on Sunday. The opposing team had complained that a boy — the short-haired Mili — was playing for the Achurros. Exacerbating the confusion was the fact that Mili was listed as a boy on the registration form.
Mili’s father, Gerardo Hernandez, tried to rectify the error by bringing her insurance card to tournament officials, but was told that the matter was decided, per the Post.