By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s girls varsity soccer team dominated Bull Run District rival Clarke County High School and romped Central High School earlier this week. The George Mason Mustangs (11-0, 11-0) beat the Clarke County Eagles (7-4, 7-4) 6-0 on Monday and beat the Central Falcons (0-12, 0-12) 8-0 on Tuesday. The Mustangs are in second place in the district and first place in Conference 35 with four games left in the regular season.
George Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons said the matchup against the Eagles was “high intensity” and that her Mustangs did a good job of creating goal-scoring opportunities at the beginning of the match.
“We scored in the first five minutes of the game, which was great; I think it allowed us to settle into the game,” Parsons said. “Clarke played a very high-pressure system and it took us a little while to figure it out, but when we did I thought we really took control of the game.”
Senior midfielder Claire Trevisan scored the Mustangs’ first goal of the game against the Eagles off of an assist from sophomore midfielder/defender Corinne Carson. The Mustangs scored three more goals after a lightning delay and before the end of the first half.
Sophomore midfielder Ella Howard scored the second goal of the game off of an assist from Trevisan. Senior midfielder/forward Camille Rice scored the third goal off of an assist from Carson. Junior midfielder/forward Ava Roth scored the Mustangs’ fourth goal of the game off of an assist from midfielder/forward Kate Mills.
“Speed of play was important as well as transitioning quickly,” Parsons said. “Especially in the first half, we showed a lot of urgency in finishing opportunities we created; we lost that focus a little in the second half of the game, and it’s something we are going to continue to focus on.”
Trevisan scored the Mustangs’ fifth goal on a penalty kick and Rice scored the sixth goal of the game, unassisted. The win against the Eagles marks the first time since 2011 that the Mustangs have won both regular season matchups against their district rivals.
“Clarke has certainly been a big rival of ours and they are a great program, so of course it was nice to get both wins this season, especially since we have split regular season games with them in the past two year,” Parsons said.
Parsons said Central always poses a challenge for the Mustangs, which was the case in their match against the Falcons on Tuesday.
“It took us a while to figure out the best way to attack against them, but once we made those adjustments we were very successful,” Parsons said. “As well as scoring eight goals, we hit the crossbar and post seven times, so we were creating dangerous offensive opportunities, which was great to see.”
Mills scored the first goal against the Falcons off of an assist from Roth. Roth scored the second and third goals of the game off of assists from Carson and Trevisan, respectively. The Mustangs were up 3-0 at the half.
Roth netted a hat trick when she scored the Mustangs’ fourth goal. Mills assist with that goal. Carson scored the fifth goal unassisted. Junior midfielder Jessica Gemond scored the Mustangs’ sixth goal off of an assist from Trevisan. Howard scored the seventh goal of the game off of an assist from Mills. Sophomore midfielder Autumn Broxson scored the Mustangs’ eighth and final goal of the game off of an assist from Carson.
The Mustangs play Warren County High School tonight, then they travel to Manassas Park High School Friday before coming back home for a match against Rappahannock County High School next Tuesday.