Hawks on mission defeat Page

FRONT ROYAL – Since preseason started, Skyline High School girls soccer coach Kristy Beaune has been studying history with her girls – in the hopes of making history this season.

Tuesday’s 10-1 win over Page County has raised the Hawks to a 3-1 record for the season so far, also raising their chances at beating a school record set by the 2007 Skyline girls soccer team for most victories. That squad captured four successes, Beaune said.

“We’re two wins away,” she said, beaming over her team’s win on Tuesday in a game shortened because of the mercy rule in a non-conference match.

Skyline’s other victories this season were against Page, 7-1, in an away game, and against Strasburg, 5-1. Their one loss came against Central, 1-0, last Thursday.

“That one came in the last five minutes,” said sophomore Carly Heiston. “So, yeah, we talk about the record. We need at least three wins, but we hope we get more.”

Sophomore Kali Slate and junior Miranda Cameron, who has switched from defense to offense this season, each scored two goals against the Panthers to lead Tuesday’s assault.

Other points came from sophomore Heiston, senior Taylor Ziemer, sophomore Reagan Grove, junior Madison Haun, senior Carley Holloway and senior Chelsea McCraw, who were among the eight Hawks who scored against the Panthers.

In all 11 Hawks took shots at goals. The home team attempted 32 such efforts, scoring on almost one-third of their attempts.

Page only got two shots at the goal with senior Alaina Crowley’s score going in early in the second half.

Panther goalkeeper Ariel Beales stopped nine Hawks shots as Beaune’s team kept constant pressure on the defender.

“We tied the most wins record last year, so they know what’s ahead of them this year,” said Beaune. “We’ve got a good blend of youth and veterans, so we’ll just keep on trying to improve. We’re getting there, it’s just taken a while.”

Heiston scored the first goal in less than two minutes of the opening with a runout and kick into the net. Another goal gave Skyline the 2-0 lead in the 12th minute.

“Moving up from junior varsity to varsity is hard,” said Heiston. “Here, everybody’s good – not just one or two players.”

Miranda Cameron said she has been on the varsity level for several year.

“I think what sets this team ahead of the others is the camaraderie,” she said. “Everybody seems to get along and everybody wants the team to do well. That’s different.”

The Hawks led 7-0 at the half. The mercy rule occurs when a team has at least an eight-goal lead after 20 minutes of the second half have elapsed.

It was the first such victory for the Hawks, who have held all four opponents four points total.

“Scoring has been our weakness in recent years, so it was nice to see some girls get some goals today,” said Beaune.