The Buford girls soccer team ended a previously undefeated season with its first loss coming in a quarterfinal match on Monday, April 25.
The hard-fought defeat came at the hands of Chattahoochee, who just managed to beat the Buford girls by a single point.
“With controlling most of the game and receiving over 14 corner kicks, we were not able to finish,” Buford head coach Megan Hill said. “We struggled to complete passes that we normally are able to complete. We struggled being first to the ball and winning 50/50 balls in the air … They (Chattahoochee) had one opportunity to finish it and they did.”
This loss means the Buford girls soccer team will end its season with an impressive record of 20-1. Staggering as their momentous undefeated streak was, however, it was never the focus for Hill and her team.
“Honestly, being undefeated was never a goal of ours,” she said. “We are looking forward to our region next year.”
Next year, the girls soccer team will face a new challenge as they move up to GHSA Region 8-AAAAAAA, but Hill thinks this season has allowed them to better prepare for the season to come.
Winning most of their games with comfortable scorelines and even necessitating the mercy rule on six occasions allowed for many of the less experienced players to get invaluable time playing in a varsity match.
“A lot of young girls were able to get good minutes this season and great varsity game experience,” Hill said. “Hopefully we continue to grow as a team as young as we are.”