TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur senior midfielder Maggie Queen has signed to play collegiate soccer at Fairmont State University.
Queen signed her letter of intent last week at a special signing ceremony at the high school.
Queen was a three-year member of the Lady Buc soccer program, playing her freshman, junior and senior seasons as she ran cross-country during her sophomore year.
Queen had a spectacular senior season for the Lady Bucs as she co-led the team in goals with 12 while adding seven assists.
The post-season awards rolled in for Queen this season as she was named Big 10 Conference All First Team, WVHSSAC Region I First Team and WVHSSCA All State Second Team.
Queen said selecting where to continue her soccer career was a difficult choice to make but she ultimately settled on becoming a Fighting Falcon with head coach Brandon Heembrock’s squad at Fairmont State.
“It was a tough decision, but I really liked coach Heembrock and the program, and I think I can really excel there,” remarked Queen.
Queen had a previous connection with Heembrock as he was her club coach during her sophomore season.
“I really enjoyed having him as a coach then and I knew it would be a good choice to play soccer under him at Fairmont State,” she stated.
Queen said she is excited to have the opportunity to play the game she loves so much at the next level at Fairmont State.
“It’s like being in a whole other world,” she explained. “Just to be able to have the opportunity to play another four years of soccer is amazing. I started playing soccer as a little girl and it’s just something I have loved for a very long time. I love the team concept of the game and how everyone comes together for one goal.”
Queen also said the location of Fairmont State played a part in her decision to attend the University as it will give her family and friends a chance to watch her play.
“I always enjoy having my parents at the games,” said Queen. “It gives me a boost of confidence to have them there. So staying close to home and having them be able to attend games at Fairmont will really help me.”
Queen said she enjoyed playing the game as a member of the Lady Buc soccer team.
“I really liked my tine playing soccer at Buckhannon-Upshur, but we never got to go quite as far as I wanted in the postseason, but I still enjoyed playing here,” stated Queen.
Her head coach at Buckhannon-Upshur, Jackie Zuliani remarked about Queen, “She is a dedicated soccer player who loves the game. I am very anxious to see what the future holds for Maggie and I wish her the best of luck at Fairmont State.”
Queen said she plans to study Business Administration while attending Fairmont State.
Fairmont State’s women’s soccer team played at the club level in 2014 before becoming an active member of the Mountain East Conference in 2015.
Heembrock took over the program in 2017 and led them to five wins in 2017, eight wins in 2018 and 11 in 2019 as his team won the MEC North Division Championship.