By Drew Costley
Eighteen players on George Mason High School’s girls and boys soccer teams were named to the Bull Run District’s all-district team last Wednesday. The girls team outscored its opponents 128-6 this season, and the boys team notched its first-ever 100-goal season on the way to several postseason accolades.
Senior midfielder/forward Claire Trevisan – one of eight players named to the BRD all-district team from the girls soccer team – was named BRD player of the year for the second consecutive year.
“I think Claire is so deserving of being the Bull Run player of the year,” said George Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons. “She is an outstanding leader on and off the field, and was consistently one of the most outstanding and consistent players in every game of the season for us.”
Trevisan scored 30 goals and had 32 assists in the George Mason Mustangs’ (16-0, 16-0) 16 regular-season games. She played a role in nearly half of the Mustangs’ 128 goals, had 10 games with multiple goals, and netted seven hat tricks during the regular season.
“Claire’s work ethic is contagious, and she helps create a very fast speed of play for our entire team,” Parsons said. “She is also an incredibly versatile player, as she is a key component of our offense, but also does a great job defending all over the field.”
George Mason had the most players of any BRD program named to the all-district team. Trevisan, along with junior midfielder/forward Ava Roth, sophomore midfielder/defender/forward Corinne Carson, sophomore midfielders Kate Mills and Ella Howard and freshman forward Rebecca Crouch were named to the all-district first team. Roth had 29 goals and 16 assists, Carson had 17 goals and 12 assists, Mills had 12 goals and 12 assists, Howard had 11 goals and six assists, and Crouch had 14 goals and 13 assists during the regular season.
“I think it’s only fair that a large number of our players be recognized individually for their talent and hard work,” Parsons said. “We had an especially strong representation of our forwards and midfielders, each whom I think worked hard for the recognition and have been essential to our success this season.”
Two defenders – junior Jessica Gemond and freshman Alice Castillo – were named to the all-district second team.
The Mustangs beat Page County High School 15-0 on Monday in the opening round of the Conference 35 playoffs. Their semifinal match against Rappahannock County High School was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The boys soccer team had 10 players named to the all-district team. Among the all-district honorees was senior midfielder Paul Darmstadter, who was also named BRD player of the year. George Mason Head Coach Frank Spinello said he was “very pleased” with Darmstadter being named player of the year.
“He definitely deserved it and earned the honor on the field with his play every single game. He has been consistently great in every match this season,” Spinello said. “I couldn’t ask for a better player who can play every position on the field and excel at it.”
Darmstadter was the Mustangs co-leader in scoring and leader in assists this season with 28 goals and 14 assists in the George Mason Mustangs’ (15-1, 15-1) 16 regular-season games. He was one of seven Mustangs named to the all-district first team.
Senior midfielder Sinan Kokuuslu, junior defender Ned Quill, junior midfielder/defender Kavon Nowroozi, sophomore midfielder Grant Goodwin, and sophomore forwards Raheem Lawal and Elliot Mercado were also named to the first team. Mercado had 28 goals and 13 assists and Lawal had 25 goals and seven assists; Nowroozi, Goodwin, and Kokuuslu all had more than 10 assists during the regular season.
Three juniors – defender Thomas Rund, midfielder/defender Matteo D’Agostino, and goalkeeper Daniel Donovan – were named to the all-district second team. Donovan had 42 saves and seven shutouts and blocked 84 percent of shots on goal during a regular season when opponents averaged less than a goal per game. His performance was just one of several that led to the Mustangs outscoring their opponents 109-9 during the regular season.
“We were well represented due to our dominance in the regular season. … When you outscore your opponents by 100 goals, it is because you had a lot of great players that had great regular seasons,” Spinello said. “It means in almost every game each player on the field won their personal battle to help us win the games.”
The Mustangs were originally scheduled to play Madison County High School in the semifinals of the Conference 35 playoffs on Tuesday, but the game was postponed to Wednesday.
Barring any scheduling changes due to the weather, the Conference 35 championship for both girls and boys soccer will be played Thursday night at George Mason.