By Tommy Keeler Jr.
FRONT ROYAL -- Quinn Breeden may play anywhere for Skyline this season. On Friday night, the senior showed she's valuable no matter where she lines up.
Breeden scored a hat trick for the Hawks in an 8-0 rout of Page County in non-district girls soccer action. Then she moved back to defense, where she helped the Hawks keep the Panthers off the board.
"She's got a great shot on her," Skyline girls soccer coach Kristy Beaune said. "She's a great overall player. Quinn's one of those where we put where we need her. She's very versatile. It will be game to game this season. Where she plays will depend on the team we're playing."
It didn't take long for the Hawks to take control of the game against the Panthers. They scored four goals in the first six minutes of the game.
Breeden and Michelle Meszaros each scored two to give Skyline a 4-0 lead.
"I've been playing defense some, and I knew that me and Michelle [Meszaros] being up together we would have some opportunities," Breeden said. "We've played together for a while, so we have chemistry."
Skyline's Alexis Stiles, who Beaune said is nicknamed "small fry", scored in the 13th minute to extend the lead to 5-0.
The right-handed Breeden then scored her third goal with her left foot to put the Hawks up 6-0.
"I usually don't score with my left foot," Breeden said. "I just saw the opportunity there, and [Beaune] said I could have one more [goal]. So I just took that and kicked it in, and fortunately it went in."
After scoring the third goal, Breeden moved to defense, where the Panthers didn't take a shot the entire game.
"I do love scoring, but I also like making sure my team doesn't get scored on," Breeden said. "Defense is probably more fun. I just like stopping balls on fast breaks for other teams. I just like helping our team out by not getting scored on, more than focusing on myself."
Senior Jenny Norman scored with 14 minutes left in the first half to extend the lead to 7-0.
Skyline (1-1) then mostly passed the ball around until there were about 22 minutes left in the contest. Skyline's Allyson Callihan then scored with 13:56 left, which ended the game by the mercy rule.
Beaune said it was a great game for her team to prepare them for the rest of the season.
"I was really excited about the movement of the ball and the talking," Beaune said. "Our main focus this season is just on getting better as a team. And I feel like just from where we've come from at the beginning to now, I feel like we have gotten better So, I'm looking forward to improving more and hopefully doing well."
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