By Drew Costley
Both of George Mason High School’s varsity soccer teams routed Clarke County High School’s varsity soccer teams last Wednesday.
The boys soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 5-1 win over Clarke County last Wednesday. George Mason (6-1,6-1) Head Coach Frank Spinello said the 2-1 loss to Manassas Park High School last Tuesday was good for his team.
“We needed a tough game to make sure we maintain our focus on each game and not get ahead of ourselves,” Spinello said. “We still have the same goal – to repeat as champions – but we need to go about it the proper ways.”
He said the key to the victory against the Clarke County Eagles (2-4-1, 2-4-1) was getting back to playing “Mason football.”
“I thought we got back to what we need to do well to succeed – possess the ball with patience, pressure the ball when we lose it, and finish our chances,” Spinello said. “We maintained possession throughout the match and created dangerous scoring chances. Getting a quick goal helped us relax and play our brand of soccer.”
Senior midfielder Paul Darmstadter scored the Mustangs’ first goal of the game in the third minute off of an assist from junior midfielder Kavon Nowroozi, who served Darmstadter the ball on a corner kick. Sophomore striker Elliot Mercado scored a hat trick against the Eagles – his goals came in the 28th minute and 68th minute, with Darmstadter on the assist each time, and in the 32nd minute with sophomore midfielder Grant Goodwin on the assist. Junior striker Donal Reyes de Leon scored the Mustangs’ fourth goal in the 36th minute off of an assist from junior defender Thomas Rund.
“Ned Quill and Thomas Rund played a great match organizing our defense and not allowing them to get anything easy,” Spinello said. “Kavon Nowroozi and Grant Goodwin did an amazing job in the midfield by winning balls and doing the little things that don’t show up in the score book.”
The Eagles’ lone goal came in the final minute of the game when they got loose on a breakaway. Spinello said the Mustangs got complacent and allowed it to happen.
“We need to finish out matches strong and play a full game, not take any minutes off, regardless of the score,” Spinello said. “Daniel Donovan should have had another shutout but our defense let him down by getting lazy with our defensive shape.”
The Mason boys soccer team comes back from spring break to host Madison County High School next Tuesday.
The girls soccer team (7-0, 7-0) beat Clarke County 6-1 last Wednesday. Next Tuesday they’ll travel to Madison County High School for a match against the Mountaineers.
Requests for interview to the girls soccer team were not returned before deadline.