On Tuesday night the George Mason Girls’ Varsity soccer team demolished Region B rival Stonewall Jackson 6-0, improving their record to 1-1 on the young season. The team was led by freshman Karen Hamill and Kelley Frank, who scored three and two goals against Stonewall, respectively.
In their first road trip of the season, the Mustangs came out of the gate with a determination to defeat its first Single A opponent of the year. Hamill scored the first goal in just the second minute of the game, following up with two more in the first half to earn herself a hat trick. Going into the break, Hamill’s three goals were all that were up on the scoreboard.
Whatever energy Mason had in the first half, they nearly doubled that in the second half. Frank scored twice in the period, while junior Olivia Scott ended the scoring in the final minutes of the game. Other impressive performances were turned out by junior Rachel Kazman, a First Team All-State selection last year, and sophomore Kim Kenney. Both assisted on the majority of the goals throughout the game. Kazman nearly scored a seventh goal for the Mustangs, but the ball ricocheted off the post.
The Mustang defense, which is comprised almost entirely of people new to the position, kept Stonewall to less than five shots throughout the game. Junior keeper Rebecca Jackson anchored the defense in between the posts, earning the shutout on the night.
The energy and intensity that Mason exhibited was perhaps best exemplified by the fact that the Mustangs had 14 corner kicks on the night, as they blew by the Stonewall defenders the entire match.
Last Monday, the Lady Mustangs dropped the season opener at home against AAA Washington-Lee, 4-3. Leading 3-1 with ten minutes remaining, the defense allowed the Generals to have many open shots on rebounds, including the game winner with 50 seconds remaining.
In the game, Kazman started her season off strong with two goals, including a rocket free kick that perfectly landed in the upper-left corner of the goal.
Mason’s Thursday game versus Notre Dame was cancelled, due to a student death at the academy. The next game will be held next Tuesday against local rival J.E.B Stuart at 7 p.m. Mason begins its quest to return to the state tournament when it opens up Bull-Run District play against Rappahannock on April 13.