By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams extended their win streaks this week with dominant victories over district opponents. The boys team extended its streak to seven games by trampling two more district opponents this past week. The George Mason Mustangs (12-1, 12-1) defeated Warren County High School last Wednesday 8-0 and beat Manassas Park High School by the same margin last Friday.
George Mason Head Coach Frank Spinello said the Mustangs “were dangerous from start to finish” against the Warren County Wildcats (4-7-1, 4-7-1), despite taking a little while to score their first goal.
“Although it took us 30 minutes to score our first goal, we were constantly dangerous,” Spinello said. “Once we scored the first one the flood gates opened, and we scored four goals in the last nine minutes of the half.”
Senior midfielder Paul Darmstadter led the Mustangs in scoring with four goals against the Wildcats and was followed by sophomore striker Elliot Mercado, who scored three goals. Sophomore striker Raheem Lawal added a goal to the Mustangs’ tally. Junior midfielder Kavon Nowroozi had two assists in the match. Junior midfielder/defender Matteo D’Agostino and junior defender Ned Quill both had one assist in the match.
Spinello said that because Warren County has a small field, his team focused more on corner kicks, free kicks, and throw-ins, and using the entire width of the field in the practices leading up to the match.
“We were successful in both areas,” Spinello said. “Kavon had some great corner kicks and Elliot and Paul were able to get on the other end of most of them.”
According to Spinello, the Mustangs did not get off to a slow start in their match two nights later against the Manassas Park Cougars (6-3-4, 6-3-4).
“We came out on fire and imposed our will from the start. We scored three goals in the first seven minutes, so that kept us motivated to finish the game early,” Spinello said.
Spinello said the Mustangs’ possession and vertical attacking were beautiful in the match.
“I thought it was the best we looked all year as far as energy, unselfish play, and dangerous attacking,” Spinello said. “Our midfielders pressured brilliantly and did not allow Manassas Park to get any possession going at all.”
Lawal and Mercado led the Mustangs in scoring against the Cougars with two goals each. Darmstadter, senior midfielders/strikers Sinan Kokuuslu and Brian Connelly, and sophomore midfielder Grant Goodwin each added a goal to the Mustangs’ tally. Connelly and Mercado both had two assists in the match and Lawal and Kokuuslu each had one assist.
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Donovan had five saves against the Cougars – Spinello said he organized the defense and was involved in the match for the entire game.
The Mustangs are in first place in the Bull Run District and Conference 35 with three away games left to finish out their regular-season schedule. They play Strasburg High School tonight, Rappahannock County High School next Monday, and William Monroe High School next Wednesday.
The Mason girls soccer team has only allowed one goal in six games played during the month of May. They defeated Warren County High School 9-1 last Wednesday, beat Manassas Park High School 8-0 last Friday, and beat Rappahannock County High School by the same margin on Tuesday.
They play their final two games of the regular season at home – Friday night they play Strasburg High School and they play William Monroe High School next Tuesday.