Young Wildcats goalie shuts out Skyline girls

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County girls soccer coach Mike Carpenter experimented with his opening day lineup when he assigned sophomore Hannah Pack as goalkeeper.

It was Pack’s first appearance in a Wildcat varsity uniform, and the move paid off. Pack helped her team shut out homestanding Skyline 4-0 on Wednesday night in Conference 28 play.

The victory also meant the Wildcats (1-0) take Game 1 of the crosstown rivalry for 2016.

Pack stopped 11 Hawk shots on goal by playing aggressively.

“I guess you could say that being aggressive is the first thing you learn when you’re playing keeper,” Pack said.

With Pack defending the 3-2 Hawks, returning veterans Lisette Moya scored two goals, Courtney L’Amoreaux had one and senior Rachel Liebl, the regular keeper who was playing in the field, added a fourth.

“That was the first goal in her career,” Carpenter said. “Usually, she’s in goal for us.”

Through a scheduling quirk, the Wildcats waited until several days as other teams on their schedule had already begun play. Even so, they seemed in midseason form against a Hawk team that had lost just once coming into the game.

The Hawks, who have yet to beat the Wildcats in girls soccer since the first season the school began, had allowed only one goal apiece in each of their first four games.

Said Moya, “At first, I thought the layoff might hurt, but in the end, I think it was the best thing for us because it allowed us to bond.”

Carpenter agreed.

“Bonding is important, because even though we didn’t play any matches, we practiced a lot,” he said. “The weather has been great and we’ve been able to get out. Sometimes, by this point in the season, we have been out maybe once.”

Moya scored her first goal five minutes into the first half. She banged in a shot by Hawk goalkeeper Jordan Heberle.

Moya’s next goal at the 35minute mark came by her left leg. She usually shoots with her right.

“It was just there and I got it in,” said Moya.

L’Amoreaux, a second team all-conference selection in 2015, found the goal in the 44th minute of the match. Then Liebl knocked in a shot at the 76th minute to complete the scoring.

“It was a good start for us,” said Carpenter. “We did some good things, but there’s also things we can work on.

Moya was 2-for-6 from the field. In all, the Hawks totaled 14 shots on goal.

Skyline tried seven shots on goal to no avail. Sophomore Meghan LeCompte led her team with four attempts.