With Friday's 3-1 victory over Loganville High School, the lady wolves clinched their 5th straight region championship, their first in AAAAA. This year, Buford achieved a perfect 6-0 record in region and managed to outscore their opponents 39-1. The lone goal against Buford came from an own goal in the last few minutes of the last game played, as the ball ricocheted off of a defender and found itself in the back of the net. However, even an own goal could not stop the girls from celebrating and enjoying the moment.
After the game, no one was prouder of the team effort than head coach Andrew Eager. "This has been a great season so far, but we know our ultimate goal is still ahead," Coach Eager said. "Hopefully, winning region will give our girls the confidence they will need to face their opponents in the playoffs." Coach Eager explained that winning region is never a guarantee. "To put things in perspective, this is only my second region championship ever in 17 years of coaching," he told his players after the win. "Winning region is extremely difficult, especially at this level, and we would not have been able to do so unless we all played as a team and played for each other."
Senior and team captain Maria Maggio, scorer of all three goals against Loganville, was excited after the win. "We've been putting in so much work at practice and it really shows when we play against other teams," Maria said. "I've been telling these girls from the very beginning that I expect to win a state championship my senior year, and I think that we have a really good chance of making a run through the playoffs."
The wolves will play against South Forsyth at home on Tuesday, and then finish the regular season away at Decatur on Friday. Both games will test the team, as both South Forsyth and Decatur are solid programs. The first round of playoffs is set to begin on Thursday, April 27th. As top seed of the region, Buford will have home field advantage for the first game against North Springs.