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The Lady Titans are region champs.

North Oconee High School’s girls soccer team upended Jefferson last week to claim the Region 8-AAAA title. The Lady Titans beat the Lady Dragons 6-1 last Friday night on the road.

One week earlier, Madison Joyner told The Oconee Enterprise she believed the Lady Titans had what it takes to beat Jefferson.

Speaking after a win over Flowery Branch on March 19, Joyner said she felt that way due to the way the Lady Titans play together in sync.

“Our team chemistry is just unmatched,” Joyner said. “We are all best friends on and off the field. We play every game our hardest and we practice and prepare for every game individually.”

Several of North Oconee’s players had notable performances against the Lady Dragons last week.

Carly Lantz led the way with a three-goal effort. The senior’s hat trick accounted for half the team’s goals.

Other scorers for North Oconee included Kenna Kay, Grace Maddox and Maryn Long.

In addition to locking in a region championship, last Friday’s victory gave North Oconee a 10-0-2 overall record.

It also marked the Lady Titans’ seventh consecutive victory.

In their last seven games, they beat Madison County High School (12-0), Jackson County High School (4-1), Cedar Shoals High School (12-0), South Forsyth High School (3-0), Chestatee High School (10-0), Flowery Branch (8-1) and Jefferson.

When asked what fuels her team’s success, Lantz said: “I think just playing as a team, believing in the team, believing in each other, playing for the team and just putting it all out on the field.”

The Lady Titans returned to action this past Tuesday after press time. They played at East Hall High School.

Next, they will host Oconee County on April 2 before traveling to Apalachee High School on April 13.

North Oconee’s regular season slate will conclude with a game against Athens Academy on April 16.

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