It will be on-the-job training for both Miami High School soccer teams.

The Lady Wardogs who open their season Friday night in a non-district match at Grove - return six starters from a team that went 5-8 and finished fourth in District 4A-8.

The Wardogs will have only two seniors in the lineup from a year ago, when they posted an 11-2 record and bowed out of the 4A playoffs in the play-in round.

The girls' game kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with the boys' clash starting at 7:30 p.m.

"We're a very young team that is still figuring things out to some extent," Miami coach Kurt Witten said. "This is the first year playing for some of our girls and several others have only been playing for a few years. But I've been pleased with the progress we've made and continue to make each day."

The Lady Wardogs return goalie Chelsea Corntassel, defenders Jessica Hartley, Wendy Perdomo and Alyssa Blackfox and midfielders Frances Reavis and Victoria Bellis.

Corntassel and Hartley are seniors, Perdomo is a junior and Blackfox, Reavis and Bellis are sophomores.

"I've been really happy with how several of the newcomers have worked hard to learn the ins and outs of the game," Witten said.

"We will have a solid team that is young," Miami boys' coach Tim Potter said. "We have played several scrimmage games up to this date and have played well."

The only seniors on the roster are four-year starter Caleb Potter at center midfield and defender Aaron Hawk.

Hawk hasn't played in several years, Tim Potter said.

The rest of Miami's lineup will include five juniors, two sophomores and a pair of freshmen.

"We need to work on finishing when we have opportunities," Potter said. "I feel we will have a good season with young players."

The Wardogs finished second in District 4A-8, but lost 3-2 to Fort Gibson in their qualifier match.

That was the Wardogs' third straight trip to the playoffs and the third straight year they've opened post-season play at home.

Miami and the Ridgerunners battled to a scoreless draw in a scrimmage here Tuesday night. Miami travels to Stilwell on Tuesday, then opens the home portion of the schedule next Friday by hosting Tulsa Victory Christian.