by Liz Lizama
George Mason High School’s boys varsity soccer team kicked off the season with four consecutive wins, including last Wednesday’s home game against Central Woodstock High School where they defeated the Falcons 2-1.
Mason held a 2-0 lead until the Falcons scored a corner kick goal with only 10 minutes remaining in the game.
“Central had a very good counterattack where they were able to – once they did get the ball – attack quickly on us.” head coach Frank Spinello said.
Junior forward Elliot Mercado and freshman midfielder Kevin Valle each scored a goal for the Mustangs. While the Falcons are the first team to score on the Mustangs this season, Mason dominated their previous opponents.
“We’ve maintained about 75 to 80 percent of the possession in each of our games so far,” Spinello said. “We’re definitely possessing the ball and creating dangerous situations.”
In the season opener at Warren County High School, the team overpowered the Wildcats 8-0. Mercado led the team with three goals.
Junior forward Donal Reyes de Leon Allen and sophomore forward Olo Sembera Baracco followed with two goals apiece. Senior midfielder Thomas Rund added one goal.
Following its success on the road, Mason returned to their home turf to capture a 4-0 victory against Madison County. Reyes de Leon led the Mustangs with two goals against the Mountaineers, followed by senior midfielder Matteo D’Agostino and junior Grant Goodwin each with one goal. Mercado contributed with two assists.
Last Tuesday, Mason travelled to Clarke County High School for another 4-0 win. Mercado scored all four goals for Mason with assists from D’Agostino, Reyes de Leon, Sembera Baracco and senior midfielder Kavon Nowroozi.
Mason will face off against Manassas Park at home on Tuesday in what has become a soccer rivalry between the two schools.
Mason and Manassas Park have owned the past six VHSL State Championships with Mason earning the title in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and Manassas Park in 2011 and 2012. With a 22-1 record last season, Mason’s single loss was to Manassas Park.
“Our focus will be on finishing,” Spinello said in preparation for the upcoming game. “We have to do a lot better with our chances. We’re creating tons of chances every game but only finishing a handful of them.”