Earlier this month Mason closed out the regular season with wins over Clarke and Madison, finishing with a 8-2 regular record, good for their first Bull Run regular season title since 2010.
When will the adversity hit for the Mustangs (15-1-1)? Apparently not anytime soon.
The Mustangs will host Madison County High School tomorrow night at 5 p.m.
After enduring injuries and some youthful learning curves, the Mustangs (11-4-1) are finally starting to click at the right time with the Bull Run District tournament coming next week.
The Mustangs hadn’t allowed a goal since April 23 in their road meeting with Madison County and have outscored Bull Run District competition 79-1 during league play.
But a Quill-to-Boston connection in the final minute helped push Mason ahead by two goals, and relaxed the team heading into the second half.
But Mason’s appearance as a bully was actually egged on by the Panthers’ coach, who wanted his team to acclimate to harder competition in preparation for the Class 1 playoffs they entered at season’s end (Mason is a Class 2 team).
Traveling out to Berryville to take on one of the more potent soccer rivals in the Bull Run, Mason had to be patient while the game remained scoreless for nearly the entire first half, and at the same time, stay vigilant defensively to keep the Eagles’ advances away.
The team also honored its two seniors, Jason Mueller and Luke Sausville
The Mustangs (6-2-1) experienced an unfamiliar chill down their spine just three minutes into the contest — they lost their primary playmaker in senior midfielder Maura Mann to an ankle injury, and then lost the lead on a breakaway from Madison County’s left wing moments later.