Wildcats earn conference soccer victory over Hawks

FRONT ROYAL– A year ago against Skyline High School’s girls’ soccer team, goalkeeper Hannah Pack played at her position for the first time and her Warren County Wildcats pulled out a 4-0 win.

Wednesday night at Skyline’s stadium, Pack was back at it again.

The junior halted nine shots on goal by the Hawks and again her ‘Cats dominated the Hawks 3-0.

In 2016 Pack was just starting out in front of her team’s goal. Almost two seasons later she has become old reliable for her team.

She and her defensive teammates had to fight off the speed of Hawk Sabrina Wilkins and the rest of the home team to pull out the victory in the crosstown rivalry, which also happens to be a Conference 28 win for the Wildcats.

In fact, coach Mike Carpenter’s team picked up its first conference victory on the Skyline pitch to make it 1-3 in Conference 28 and 4-9-1 overall.

Skyline edged Warren County at Wildcat Stadium 1-0 earlier this season. The Hawks fell to 1-1 in conference, 4-9-1 overall.

“It’s gratifying yes, but we’ve had some injuries and they’ve had injuries and so what you had out here were two rivals playing all out. It was a good night of soccer,” said Carpenter.

Warren County had lost five straight coming in, having been shut out in that span twice. It was held to a goal on three other occasions.

But under perfect conditions, the Wildcats turned that around.

Meghan Dennis, Victoria Partin and Shauna Sayers were the three goal-scorers for the Wildcats. Their performances came on Skyline’s senior night.

Skyline head coach Kristy Beaune and her staff sent four seniors off in style — four-year team member Miranda Cameron; Rachel Skube in her first season; four-year varsity member Alexis Bosley and fifth-year player Madi Haun were all honored with their parents and special guests before kickoff.

To add to the celebration, Beaune chose to have Cameron, who was injured, kick off the game before the coach subbed her senior out.

Then, Warren County got down to work.

Dennis, a sophomore, drove past a defender and the Hawk keeper for the ‘Cats’ first goal at the 27-minute mark.

Ahead 1-0 at intermission, Warren County’s squad had attempted seven shots on goal, six of which the starting Skyline goalkeeper stopped.

But the offensive prowess continued in the second half for the visitors.

In half two, the Hawks tried six goals, but made two of them.

Sophomore forward Partin went to work on Skyline next. She broke away from the Hawk defense and went in for the score in the 43rd minute. The Wildcats were ahead 2-0.

Warren’s final goal came from the foot of junior Sayers. Sayers expertly moved around Skyline’s keeper for the 3-0 advantage in the 69th minute.

While the Wildcats were without five starters, Skyline was down in numbers too.

It had good luck feeding Wilkins, a cross-country-track star, who was fleet in the first half, attempting three goals. But her ankle slowed her progress in the second half.

“Should have scored more,” she said.

“It was a team effort all the way,” said Pack. “We knew about (Wilkins) and we kept an eye on her. Kaley Foulks and Cheyanna Muhlert played well in front of me and they had to because (Wilkins) is fast.”

The Hawks scored just seven goals a year ago, but already their number stands at 27.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com