The George Mason High School girls soccer team has run into a few speed bumps the past few days.
After winning their first two matches of the year, the three-time defending Virginia Group A state champions have dropped three consecutive matches against Loudoun Valley Kettle Run and Heritage high schools.
Last Thursday, the Mustangs squared off at home against Loudoun, losing 3-2.
“They took advantage of a couple of errors we made and capitalized and scored,” said Mason head coach Jennifer Parsons. “We found some places we need to tighten up defensively.”
Down 1-0, the Mustangs’ Violet Miller connected on a penalty kick in the 15th minute to knot the game 1-1. Later, down 2-1 in the second half, it was Miller again scoring on a penalty kick, this time in the 44th minute to tie the game 2-2. Loudoun would eventually score in the 66th minute to secure the victory.
Miller has five goals and two assists this season.
The Mustangs’ second loss came 2-1 the following night on the road against Kettle Run. Mason had defeated Kettle Run 3-1 earlier in the season at home, but the fortunes were reversed the second time around.
After giving up goals in the 11th and 21st minutes to dig a 2-0 hole, Mason’s only goal of the match came in the 70th minute when Claire Trevisan connected off a Leah Roth assists.
Parsons cites battling Loudoun Valley on Thursday followed by a Friday night match as contributing to the loss.
“We went all out Thursday night against Loudoun Valley,” the coach said. “Playing back to back games was part of it.”
The Mustangs also missed a penalty kick early in the match that could have set the pace in their favor.
“It would have been the mental edge the girls needed,” Parsons said.
Parsons added that she has her team face Kettle Run early in the season because the school is similar to that of Bull Run District rivals Clarke County and Madison County. She also added that Kettle Run made the necessary adjustments from the game earlier this season.
“They definitely adjusted,” she said. “They played better this time around.”
On Tuesday, Mason fell to Heritage High 3-0 at home. The Mustangs are now 2-3.
Mason doesn’t take the field again until next Tuesday when they welcome Brentsville District High.
The week between matches will give Parsons the time to get her players on the same page.
“They’re in a lot of different places,” she said. “It’s kind of tough trying to give some of them time to recover and some in game shape.”
The Brentsville District match will be Mason’s last tune up before Bull Run District play begins.