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Mason High Girls Soccer Slams First 2 Bull Run District Foes

After averaging just under two goals for their four non-district contests, the George Mason High School varsity girls soccer team has kicked off their Bull Run District schedule with a bang, blasting Manassas Park and Madison High by a combined score of 18-1, as the Mustangs begin their pursuit of a district title.

Against a tough and scrappy Madison County team on Tuesday, coach Jennifer Parsons’ squad outshot the Mountaineers 29-6 en route to a 9-1 bombardment. Freshman midfielder Violet Miller continued her hot streak, racking up three goals, while fellow freshman Elle Silverman chipped in three assists and one goal.

Senior midfielder Rachel Kazman added three assists, while the remaining goals were netted by junior Kim Kenny, senior Olivia Scott, sophomore Kelley Frank, junior Virginia Fresne and sophomore Karen Hamill.

With their full lineup back to near full strength, the Mustangs showed why they should be a force throughout their district schedule. Mason controlled possession throughout the entire game, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities on the night.

“Madison is a pretty good team,” said Parsons. “They’re going to do some good things in the district this year, but our girls just played so well. They showed that we have great depth in our team.”

On Friday, Mason began their schedule with a 9-0 drubbing of Manassas Park at Moore Cadillac Stadium. The Mustangs scored five goals within the first 15 minutes, and played possession soccer throughout the second half, as they entered the break up nine goals.

Even though Miller, Silverman and freshman Katja Butts played down with the junior varsity team for the game — numerous players were missing due to a band trip — the Mustang offense still overpowered the weaker Cougars.

Despite the offensive assault in the first two contests, the Mustangs’ next pair of games should provide a bigger challenge. On Wednesday, the team took on AA Briar Woods — results were not available at press time — after which they will travel to the defending state runner-up Clarke County on Monday at 7 p.m.

Aside from the contest against Clarke and the occasional AA non-district game scattered throughout their schedule, it appears as though Mason will have an easy road back to the Region B playoffs. Strasburg, for example, is fielding a girls team for the first time ever this season and figures to pose little challenge to the seasoned Mustangs.