"We are excited Lydia joined our program,” said Gaels’ head coach Travis Clarke. “She is a very elite athlete with a high upside and the ability to help us in several positions next season. We really enjoyed speaking with her and her family through the recruiting process and feel she will compete for playing time early on in her career at Saint Mary’s"
During her time in high school, Buggs was a decorated multi-sport athlete who excelled at both soccer and track and field. On the pitch, she was awarded 1st and 2nd Team All-League honors and helped Vista Murrieta become league champions twice. Buggs also played for Legends FC and had experiences with the US Soccer Training Center and Nike Elite Player Development Training. She was also part of the Cal South Olympic Development Program (ODP).
“I knew this is where I belonged,” explained Buggs on signing with Saint Mary’s. “As a student-athlete, belonging and feeling chosen for a program was important to me. So this was an easy choice.”
Lydia plans to major in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine. She hopes to become an athletic trainer for professional teams while continuing to pursue becoming a sports physician.
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