But the monumental wins and deep runs into the state playoffs have yet to be coupled with a region championship, something Northview coach Jen Barr and her unbeaten Lady Titans hope to change as they hop back into 7AAAAA play this week.
“That was the goal we set at the beginning of the season along with getting back to the state playoffs,” said Barr, who led her team to a state runner-up finish last spring in Class AAAAA. “We have never won a region championship at Northview and that was the number one goal that we put out there.”
Northview (10-0 overall, 6-0 in 7AAAAA play) moved through the first half of their schedule with relative ease, beating their six region opponents by a combined score of 31-1 and winning their last six matches before spring break via shutouts.
“We graduated five seniors off last year’s team so I wasn’t sure what we would look like coming into this year, but we went to camp and looked good and have played very well at times this year,” said Barr, whose team has allowed just three goals in 10 matches this season.
“In the region it has been a little different than last year because we aren’t in the highest classification, but we have beaten some quality teams so far.”
Barr pointed out center midfielders Hannah Edwards and Alyssa Kopanski as standout players through the first 10 games along with three-year starters Jordan Salvador and Sara Calzone on the backline.
“Hannah was just been great for us, doing a little bit of everything, and as a team we have been pretty good on both ends of the field. Our defense is strong with our experienced players and we have a lot of speed up top with [Avery Sather, Alexa Sather] and Erin Rhodes who are really creative in their attacks.”
Northview’s biggest wins include a 3-1victory over cross-town rival Johns Creek to open the season, a 3-2 win over Norcross in February and a narrow 1-0 region win over Cambridge in March, but Barr was quick to point out that their two biggest games in their region championship quest were still on the horizon.
“We have Riverwood in the first game after spring break and then Pope. If we can take care of business against those two teams we should have that championship and No. 1 seed we’ve been shooting for.”
Northview hosted Riverwood, who is also undefeated in 7AAAAA, last night — results were not available at press time.
The Lady Titans will play at Pope April 18 in their region finale.