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Pair of Blowouts Set Up Mustang Showdown Versus Clarke

In what turned out to be merely tune-ups for their Friday battle against perennial powerhouse Clarke County, the George Mason High School varsity girls soccer team released some of its anger from their previous loss to Clarke with two seven-goal outbursts in a row.

By thumping, Notre Dame Academy 7-1 and Madison County 7-0, the Mustangs go into their meeting against Clarke having scored 33 goals in their last five games — all wins — while only allowing one.

In the non-district match against independent school Notre Dame last Friday, sophomore Kim Kenny scored the first three goals for the Mustangs to earn a hat trick, while juniors Olivia Scott and Rachel Kazman added one goal apiece.

Freshman Kelley Frank netted the final goal for Mason, with the seventh coming on an own-goal by Notre Dame. The lone goal against the Mustangs was scored on a free kick.

On Tuesday, the lady Mustangs annihilated district rival Madison County, 7-0, behind the scoring outburst of Scott. Even though one goal would have ultimately won the game for Mason, Scott led the charge by putting four into the back of the net to seal the victory over the host Mountaineers.

Kazman, freshman Karen Hamill, and sophomore Mayssa Chehata provided the final three goals for the Mustangs. Hamill was the lone goal-scorer in the Mustangs’ only district loss of the year, a 3-1 fall to Clarke County on April 25.

As they did last time, the Mustangs have stepped up their intensity in practice to prepare to battle the Eagles, the defending Single A state champion.

“We have definitely come a long way,” said Mustang coach Jennifer Parsons. “Our shot to goal ratio has gotten a lot better in these past games.”

By taking a combined 69 shots against Madison and Notre Dame, Mason wore down the opposition en route to the victories.

“During the last game [against Clarke] I think the girls realized that they are just as good as them, and gained some valuable confidence,” commented Parsons. “Overall the team is ready and it should be a good game.”

George Mason will battle Clarke at home on Friday for first place in the Bull Run District at 7 pm.