By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s boys varsity soccer team was “two completely different teams” in its 6-1 win over Madison County High School on Tuesday, according to George Mason Head Coach Frank Spinello.
“In the first half we completely dominated, played with focus and energy,” Spinello said. “In the second half we played with very little passion and did not work hard off the ball.”
The George Mason Mustangs (7-1, 7-1) outscored the Madison County Mountaineers (2-6-1, 2-6-1) 5-0 in the first half, but gave up a goal in the second half. Spinello said the Mustangs created a lot of chances early in the game against the Mountaineers.
“We moved well off the ball and finished crosses early in the match. We pressured the ball extremely well in the first half and possessed the ball with quick, simple passes,” Spinello said. “We strayed away from that in the second half.”
Senior midfielder Paul Darmstadter (recently named National Player of the Week) led the Mustangs in scoring with two goals against the Mountaineers. Senior midfielder/striker Sinan Kokuuslu, junior defender Ned Quill, junior midfielder Kavon Nowroozi, and sophomore striker Elliot Mercado each scored one goal apiece in the match. Junior defender Tyler Marple had two assists against the Mountaineers, followed by Darmstadter, Quill, Nowroozi, and Kokuuslu with one assist each. Freshman goalkeeper Walker Hegadorn had four saves in the match.
Spinello said he thought the best players in the match were Kokuuslu, Darmstadter, Marple, and junior midfielder/defender Matteo D’Agostino. According to Spinello, Kokuuslu was dominant on the right side of the field, played with energy, and created several scoring opportunities, and Darmstadter helped the Mustangs in many ways.
D’Agostino filled in for sophomore midfielder Grant Goodwin, who usually plays defensive midfield but was sidelined with an injury, and played outside back as well – Spinello said “he played outstanding at both positions, rock solid.” Marple helped the Mustangs maintain possession and played solid defensively, Spinello said.
The Mustangs have been dominant in their victories this season – each of their seven wins have been by four or more goals and they’ve only allowed four goals in their eight games. Their scoring differential against opponents is 49-4. They are outscoring opponents by an average of 5.1 goals. With seven games left in the regular season the Mustangs are in first place in the Bull Run District and Conference 35.
The Mustangs play Strasburg High School tonight. They travel to Clarke County High School on Friday and play William Monroe High School next Tuesday.