The George Mason High School girls soccer team just can’t seem to get something going.
After a four-game losing streak, the Mustangs came alive with a big win against Manassas Park last Thursday. But the team’s big Bull Run District showdown against Clarke County on Tuesday was postponed because of rain. The match has been rescheduled to May.
“I know the girls are disappointed,” said Mason head coach Jennifer Parsons, after the match was canceled. “There’s not a whole lot we can do about the weather.”
Parsons knows that Clarke won’t be going away, and that in addition to the two scheduled Bull Run District match ups, the Mustangs might see their rivals in the postseason, and maybe even more than once.
“I hope it makes them a little hungrier,” Parsons said.
The Mustangs were able to end their four-game losing streak in definitive fashion when they hammered Bull Run District opponent Manassas Park 7-0 at home on Thursday.
Mason got on the board in the second minute courtesy of a Leah Roth goal off a Nicole Philbin assist, and never looked back.
Roth finished with two goals and an assist. Teammate Claire Trevisan added two goals of her own, and Elle Silverman, Gracie Benninghoff and Hannah Walker also all got on the board. Philbin, Walker and Maggie Mascarenhas each added an assist.
What might have been even more impressive than the offensive explosion for Mason was the team’s defense, which held Manassas Park to only one shot.
Parsons was quick to note that the score does not reflect the competitiveness of her team’s opponent.
“They played well,” the coach said of Manassas Park. “The score doesn’t show it. We had to work for those goals.”
Mason’s next big test will come against Bull Run District rival Madison County at home at 7 p.m. on Friday. Parsons has identified Madison, along with Clarke, as her squad’s toughest competition in district play.
However, Madison graduated a number of players off of last year’s squad, so Parsons isn’t quite sure what to expect.
“Madison is always very physical, very athletic and very fit,” Parsons said. She also added that staying in control of the match will be key for Mason.
While the likes of a Clarke County or a Madison County pose a challenge that Mason can readily face head on, after this Friday’s match is a problem of a different sort. Because of spring break, the Mustangs have an 11-day lay off.
Parsons will emphasize fitness during the break, but is not overly concerned.
“They’re a really highly motivated group of girls,” said Parson of her three-time defending champions.