It was a cold rainy evening on the field last Wednesday for the George Mason High School boys soccer team and for a handful of parents in the stands.
“Both teams had to play in the same conditions,” coach Frank Spinello said.
The weather didn’t stop the Mustangs as they upset AAA Battlefield High School, 1-0, in Mason’s biggest win of the season so far.
Battlefield, one of the top teams in the Washington area, lost in the the Group AAA state finals to Frank W. Cox High School last season. They were ranked 20th in the nation according to NSCAA National Rankings before the loss to Mason.
“We are trying to play the best teams to find our identity in the beginning of the season,” Spinello said.
The team had to adapt to the weather in the beginning of the game. And once they did, the Mustangs were able to play their game.
“It was excellent,” Spinello said. “They followed the game plan and had control of the ball which frustrated them [Battlefield].”
Freshman Cole Hinson scored the victory goal at 26 minutes into the first half. Hinson is one of the players to watch out for this season.
“He plays like a junior or a senior,” Spinello said.
Hinson’s young talent combined with the experience from seniors goalkeeper Tyler Back and defender Patrick Rollo helped the Mustangs win this game.
“Tyler Back made some saves early in the game that gave the defense confidence,” Spinello said.
Battlefield kept up the pressure until the end of the game, putting a shot off the crossbar in the last few minutes. But Mason’s defense held on for the shutout.
Mason starts Bull Run D plays Thursday at Manassas Park High School at 7 p.m.