By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s boys varsity soccer team beat Madison County High School 8-0 on Tuesday, and now the Mustangs are 2-0 in the Bull Run District.
The Mustangs dominated possession against the Mountaineers. Head Coach Frank Spinello said Madison County only maintained possession of the ball for three or four passes at a time before turning it over to George Mason. As a result, senior goalkeeper Sebastian Umerez had no saves. Spinello said he thinks Umerez didn’t touch the ball at all during the game.
Spinello said the Mustangs “had a complete team effort.”
Junior strikers Paul Sanders and Cole Hinson both scored two goals for the Mustangs. Junior midfielder Paul Darmstadter, junior defender Owen Puller, freshman midfielder Grant Goodwin and senior midfielder/striker Adam Witzel scored one goal apiece against the Mountaineers.
The Mustangs started their offensive attack early and scored most of their goals in the first half. Hinson scored the Mustangs’ first goal 13 seconds into the game. Darmstadter scored off of a corner kick in the eighth minute of the game. Sanders scored his first goal in the 17th minute of the game and Witzel and Goodwin both scored goals in the 18th minute. Sanders and Hinson scored their second goals in the 21st minute and the 33rd minute, respectively.
“Everybody contributed and we possessed the ball very well and were dangerous in the attack,” Spinello said.
The Mountaineers played off-side trap against the Mustangs. This defensive strategy is used to slow an opponent’s transition from defense to offense by either forcing them to commit an off-sides penalty, resulting in a turnover, or making the opponent hesitant to break out past the defense.
“It worked quite often. They probably caught us off-side 10 or 12 times during the game, at least. It happened a lot in the beginning of the game,” Spinello said.
But George Mason got used to Madison County’s strategy and slipped past their defense a number of times.
“It was just a matter of getting our timing correct on our passes,” Spinello said. “And when we played the ball quick we got very good looks at goal.”
Goodwin was a key player for the Mustangs, according to Spinello, who said the freshman was “outstanding” against the Mountaineers.
“We were talking about it during the game,” Spinello said. “He had the ball quite a bit and did not lose the ball the entire game.”
The Mustangs host Manassas Park High School on Friday. George Mason lost all three matches played against the Panthers in 2012, including a 2-3 loss in overtime early last season and a 2-3 loss in the semifinals of the post-season district tournament.
“We’re just going to play our brand of football and hopefully make [Manassas Park] adjust to us,” Spinello said.
George Mason will travel to William Monroe High School next Tuesday for another district match-up. The Mustangs beat William Monroe in both regular season district matches in 2012.