FRONT ROYAL – Crosstown rivals Skyline and Warren County played to a 0-0 tie on Thursday night, but both teams saw plenty of positives to be happy about.
The Hawks controlled possession for most of the first half and the first part of the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We definitely had the shots,” Skyline coach Kristy Beaune said. “Their goalie did a good job on blocking it. I think we just had trouble getting it in the back of the net. They’re playing really well, and they’re playing really well together.”
Skyline outshot Warren County, 10-5, in the first half. As the game went on, the Wildcats began to control possession more and started having more scoring chances. Over the last 16 minutes of regulation, the shots were even at 5-5.
Warren County coach Erly Moya said he was pleased with how his team played throughout the game.
“They did well. They worked really hard,” Moya said. “We’re very proud of them. Their passes were there. The intensity was there. I’m just so proud of them. Everything we’ve been working on in practice – they did it. We just couldn’t get the score, but we played a tough team.”
The two teams were even in shots in overtime, 4-4. Warren County senior goalkeeper Kayleigh Hite had 18 saves against a solid offensive effort from the Hawks.
Moya said not only was Hite solid in the net but he was proud of his whole defense on Thursday.
“Our defense is one of the strengths that we have this year,” he said. “We’re young – they’re sophomores. So they have a long time. I’m sure next year they’re going to be even more experienced than they are right now.”
Skyline (2-6-4, 2-1-3 Class 3 Northwestern) used two goalkeepers. Freshman Annabelle O’Fallon was in the net for all of regulation and she moved into the field for overtime, and sophomore Laura Brown took her place as the goalkeeper for overtime.
Beaune said she was proud of her defense against the Wildcats.
“I think my defense is very solid,” Beaune said. “We’ve had a couple of injuries, but I think other girls have filled in the gaps and stepped up their game. ...I feel like I have a very good defense. I’m very proud of all them.”
Both teams have struggled to score this season. The Wildcats have 14 goals on the year while the Hawks have 21.
“I think putting the ball in the back of the net has been our hardest thing, not that we haven’t had shots just that we need to get them a little more on target,” Beaune said. “But overall I feel like we’ve come along way from the beginning of the season.”
The Wildcats (2-6-1, 1-1-1 Class 3 Northwestern), who still have seven regular-season games left, have a young and inexperienced squad this season, and Moya said he’s seen a lot of improvement from his squad.
“I do feel pretty good with them,” Moya said. “I think now we’re going forward instead of backward. I think we’re going to have a good season after this. We started a little rough but they’ve been working hard at practice.”
Thursday’s game was the fourth tie of the season for the Hawks. Three of Skyline’s ties have come in Class 3 Northwestern District play, where they have only one loss. Beaune said she’s looking to turn the ties into wins over the last couple weeks of the season.
“A tie is definitely better than a loss,” she said. “However we’re looking for the ‘W’s at the end of the season. I think if they go out there and play their game every game is a winnable game.”