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Mustang Girls Soccer Blasts Foes

With four regular season games left, the 6-5-1 George Mason girls soccer team seems to be reverting to its familiar championship form late in the year, and has reeled off three straight victories, including two 8-0 thrashings which were called off early due to the mercy rule.

 

With four regular season games left, the 6-5-1 George Mason girls soccer team seems to be reverting to its familiar championship form late in the year, and has reeled off three straight victories, including two 8-0 thrashings which were called off early due to the mercy rule.

On April 20 the Mustangs’  victim was Strasburg; on April 27 it was Manassas Park.

Thirteen minutes into the Manassas Park game George Mason had already scored four goals.

Junior Violet Miller started off the scoring, followed by two Leah Roth goals and a Katie Breen tally.

The Mustangs continued to dominate possession and control the game throughout the first half, and Manassas Park had their one real chance ruled offsides fifteen minutes before halftime.

With just over four minutes left in the half, Roth completed the hat trick, hitting a cross into the penalty box that bounced off several players before she was able to collect it herself near the six yard box and fire it into the far top corner.

Roth continued her domination of the left side of the field early in the second half, but the Cougars’ keeper, who made numerous high-quality saves throughout the game, stifled several Mustang chances.

With twenty seven minutes to go in the half, Karen Hamill broke through for the Mustangs’ sixth goal.

Just two minutes later, Hannah Walker added another, off of a nice cross from Camille Darling.

The Cougars looked defeated, and with twelve minutes left, another nice cross into the box, this time from Karen Hamill, led to Violet Miller’s second goal of the night, and an early conclusion to the game.

Afterwards, coach Jennifer Parsons was happy, but acknowledged that her team “still has things to work on.”

Parson’s back-to-back 8-0 routs came after a tough road loss to rival Clarke County and a tie at Madison County, both in overtime.

On May 4, the Mustangs beat Clarke County High 3-0 – an outcome starkly different from the schools’ April 13 match, which Clarke County won in overtime.

Parsons, who led her teams to titles in 2008 and 2009, believes that the Mustangs are finally gelling.

“It has taken us until tonight to come together and really trust each other all over the field,” she said after the Manassas game.

The team will have another chance to demonstrate its improvement on May 7, when it hosts Madison County. The remainder of the team’s regular season schedule consists of visits to Strasburg (May 11) and Manassas Park (May 18), and a home game against Rappahannock County High  on May 14.

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