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Weatherford High School senior soccer players, from left, Hailey Maloy and McKenna Buchfink signed LOIs Thursday.

Two members of the Weatherford Lady Roos’ varsity soccer team took the next step in continuing their respective playing careers Thursday morning in the school library, as seniors Hailey Maloy and McKenna Buchfink signed letters of intent.

Maloy, who signed with East Texas Baptist University, said the chance to play at the collegiate level has been a life goal since before she got to high school, while adding that she will deeply miss her fellow Lady Roos.

“It’s super exciting, it’s something I’ve wanted to do since freshman year and even before then,” Maloy said.

“And now that I finally get the opportunity to do that is amazing. 

“It’s also sad, because the Lady Roos are like a big family. They lighten up my day and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Maloy said she knew ETBU was the right choice for her the moment she arrived at the institution.

“I just stepped on campus and knew it was home,” Maloy said.

“Then I met the coach and I knew that program was the best choice for me. Not just athletically, but academically as well.”

Buchfink, who signed with Southwestern Christian University, said she shared similar dreams growing up of playing soccer at a high level.

“I’m really excited because I’ve been playing soccer since I was three and I knew that I wanted to play professionally,” Buchfink said.

“I still get to keep doing what I love.”

Buchfink added that she is thankful to be able to continue her playing career at a college which reflects her personal faith.

“It’s a Christian-based school, and I trust in God, he has my way and he knows what’s best for me,” Buchfink said.

“I felt really at home.”

Buchfink also shared Maloy’s mixed feelings about no longer playing for the Lady Roos after this spring. 

“I’m sad, but we’re one big family, we’ve had many laughs and they always have your back,” Buchfink said.

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