By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s girls varsity soccer team has scored 22 goals in its last three victories combined and is on a six-game win streak to start off its 2014 campaign. Despite big margins of victory and high goal tallies, the George Mason Mustangs (6-0, 6-0) have gotten off to a few slow starts against opponents early in this season.
With the exception of two matches this season, the Mustangs have averaged two more goals in the second half of games compared to the first half. Their 8-0 trouncing of Central High School last Friday was no exception. George Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons said the Mustangs started off “without a whole lot of energy and enthusiasm” against the Central Falcons (0-5, 0-5).
Senior midfielder Claire Trevisan scored the Mustangs’ first goal against the Falcons in the 25th minute when freshman defender Carly Roberson launched a strike from the left edge of the penalty box. Roberson’s ball began to veer wide right of the goal when Trevisan, who was crossing in front of the goal, intersected with the ball and redirected it to the back of the net with a header.
“I happened to be running, so I was like ‘Oh, I’ll try to flick it with my head’,” Trevisan said. “And then I got on it and it caught goalie off guard, so it worked out.”
The Mustangs’ only other goal of the half came from junior forward/midfielder Ava Roth, who scored in the 37th minute on a ball that bounced over the goal line after she gave it a soft tap while it was crossing in front of the goal.
The Mustangs opened up the second half with three goals in the first 12 minutes. Sophomore midfielder/defender Corinne Carson scored in the 45th minute, sophomore midfielder/defender Kate Mills scored in the 47th minute, and Roth scored a second goal in the 52nd minute. Freshman forward Rebecca Crouch scored in the 59th minute off of an assist from Trevisan, who scored the Mustangs’ final two goals in the 60th and 70th minutes.
“Central plays very defensive and I think we had a hard time figuring out the best way to attack,” Parsons said. “But then we reorganized some things at halftime and turned it around, so I was really pleased with how the second half played out.”
The Mustangs were also held to two goals in the first half of their 5-0 victory over Rappahannock County High School on Monday night.
“I thought we started a little slow and I didn’t think we particularly played up to our ability level consistently throughout the game,” Parsons said.
Roth scored the Mustangs’ first goal of the match off of an assist from sophomore midfielder Ella Howard. Senior forward/midfielder Camille Rice scored the Mustangs’ second goal off of an assist from Crouch and Trevisan. The Mustangs out-shot the Rappahannock County Panthers (3-4, 3-4) 34-1.
Roth scored the Mustangs’ first goal of the second half off of an assist from Crouch. Mills scored off an assist from freshman defender Alice Castillo to make the score 4-0. Sophomore midfielder Autumn Broxson scored the Mustangs’ fifth and final goal of the match off of an assist from Crouch.
The Mustangs dominated Manassas Park High School in a 9-0 victory the next night.
Mills scored the Mustangs’ first goal off of an assist by Crouch. Crouch scored the second goal off of an assist from Trevisan. Roth made the score 3-0 – Trevisan and senior defender Erica Schneider assisted with that goal. Mills scored the fourth goal unassisted. Roth scored the fifth goal after receiving a pass from Broxson. Junior midfielder Jessica Gemond scored the sixth goal off of an assist from Crouch, and Rice scored the Mustangs’ seventh goal to put the score at 7-0 at halftime.
Trevisan scored the Mustangs’ eighth goal of the game, the first of the second half, off of an assist from sophomore Jackie Baartz, and Broxson scored the ninth and final goal of the game unassisted.
The Mustangs play Clarke County High School tonight, then have a long break because of the spring vacation before coming back to play Madison County High School at home on April 22.