FRONT ROYAL – Skyline's girls soccer team has youth and experience this season.

The Hawks return the bulk of its squad from last season, and coach Kristy Beaune said that she's seen improvement in her team since last year.

"I feel like every year there's girls you can tell they're working hard," Beaune said. "And I feel like every year we come out a little bit stronger than we were last season."

Beaune said that she can tell that her team has worked hard in the offseason to get ready for the new year.

"They're working better together," she said. "They've been working together throughout the offseason as well. So their communication has gotten better."

The Hawks have only one senior – Valerie Cameron. Beaune said she expects Cameron to be a great leader for the squad, which features eight sophomores and three freshmen.

Sophomore Audrey Dueweke led the team in goals last year with five. Beaune said that Dueweke and junior Jenna Stanley will lead the Skyline offense again this season.

Beaune said she's been happy with what she's seen from her defense as well.

"I feel my defense if they bring their 'A' game they have a very solid group," Beaune said. "I think they have the potential to be a very solid group and the same with my offense if they work together. And I think as a whole if they work as a team I think they will excel greatly. If they don't work as a team, things might not go smooth, but that's the way it always goes."

The Hawks have three freshmen, and Beaune said she's excited to see what they can do this season.

The Hawks open the season on March 15 at Strasburg.

Beaune said that she is always confident in her team but also knows they will be facing some good competition this season.

"I honestly try to go into every game thinking that we can win it and knowing that it is ours to lose," Beaune said. "So I can't say that there's any team out there we can't beat. But at the same time, I think we can lose to any team if we don't bring it."

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