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Miami Springs youth football breaks gender barrier as first female takes the field

Someday, many decades down the road, Sophia Marichal might sit her grandchildren down on her lap and tell them all about the day their grandma made history in Miami Springs. But last Saturday at Prince Field, this 11-year-old wasn’t the least bit worried about being a history-maker or breaking down any gender barriers. All Sophia Marichal wanted to do “was just go have fun” and at the same time perhaps fulfill a wish that her father, who passed away 17 months ago, had for her.