The young Yellowjackets head into the final week and a half of the girls soccer season in the unfamiliar position of having to make up ground just to earn a home game for the first round of the state tournament.

With several freshmen starting and injuries further reducing the team’s depth of experience, Milton split a pair of games over the past week and was hoping to return to the .500 mark when Enosburg visited on Tuesday.

The Yellowjackets won three of the past four Division II state championships and were runner-up the other year in that span, earning the first or second seed the last three seasons. But the team was due for a rebuilding season after losing a big senior class that included three all-state players.

Even with a team heavy on youth, though, Milton is in the middle of a pack fighting for a home playoff opener. And the Yellowjackets have won three of their four games against Division II foes, with all but one loss coming against D-I competition — including one-goal losses to BFA-St. Albans (twice) and South Burlington.

Following Friday’s 4-3 loss at Mt. Abraham, Milton (4-5-1) closes the regular season against Enosburg (1-7), Lamoille (3-8), Middlebury (4-5) and Vergennes (4-5-1). Needing to move up just one or two spots to get into the top eight, MHS likely needs to win two or three of those four to ensure a home playoff game.