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GMHS Girls Surge Past Rapp., Prepare For Clarke Showdown

Last Friday the George Mason High School varsity girls soccer team overcame a slow first half to trample Bull Run District rival Rappahannock County, 8-0. The game was called late into the second half due to the Virginia High School League slaughter rule, following a beautiful header by sophomore Mayssa Chehata.

After coming out of the gates rather sluggish, the Mustangs still proved that even on a bad night they are still a force to be reckoned with, scoring two goals in the first half. Sophomore Kim Kenny and freshman Karen Hamill put those balls into the back of the net, while the outstanding Mustang defense clamped down on the Panther attackers throughout the night. For the fourth game in a row, Mason succeeded in shutting out their opponents.

Whatever energy the girls’ were lacking in the first half of the match, they certainly discovered it in the latter part of the game, exploding for six goals and dominating the opposition. Juniors Rachel Kazman and Olivia Scott, as well as senior Katie Turner, sophomore Alexa Peyton, and freshman Kelley Frank rounded out the goals for Mason, making it one of the more balanced scoring nights the Mustangs have seen all year. Peyton’s goal was especially noteworthy, as she sprinted up from defense to fire a rocket past the Panther keeper.

The lady Mustangs’ next game will be at defending state-champion and district rival Clarke County on Tuesday at 7 p.m. So far this season, it looks as though both of these teams are going to be the two main contenders for the district title. Mustang coach Jennifer Parsons has been preparing her squad all week for the notoriously rough-play of the Eagles, and said that she even held a team wrestling match at practice this week.

Against what she called “the most physical team we will play all season,” Mason looks to de-throne the champs and place themselves as the team to beat in the district, and possibly the region and the state.