The George Mason High School boys soccer team topped Madison County, 5-1, last Friday for their fourth straight win, 5-1.
After three victories against tough opponents by only one goal, the boys proved that they not only play good defense, but they can also put some balls in the net.
“It was a good opportunity to try things we haven’t done before,” head coach Frank Spinello said. “We really pushed forward on the attack, whereas on our three previous games the main objective was a strong defense.”
Senior Jordan Robarge led the team with three goals. Junior Eion Oosterbaan had one assist and one goal.
“Having a couple of guys step up and score some goals was very important for us,” Spinello said.
Freshman Cole Hinson had two assists while junior Joon Pyo Kim added another.
“Our strength is our defense and we definitely don’t want to abandon that,” Spinello said. “But we do want to score and be a little bit more offensive. We are going to do whatever it takes to win the games.”
With the victory, the boys assured their spot on the top of the Bull Run District ladder, with an overall 5-3-1 record, 3-0 in district games.
“The chemistry is a lot better,” Spinello said. “We are a pretty young team. The more we play together, the more comfortable well get with each other”
The Mustangs return to action after Spring Break when they’ll take on Strasburg High School at home next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“We are looking forward to the second half of the season,” Spinello said. “I’m very proud of what they have achieved so far.”
Even though this week is Spring Break for Mason, the boys won’t have the entire week off. Coach Spinello gave them the weekend, Monday and Tuesday to rest, but the boys were back on the field on Wednesday.
“We have three games the following week and we can’t go a full week without practice,” Spinello said. “Practice will be more casual, focused on building chemistry and team unity.”
Spinello said the boys understand it, and will probably miss soccer if they take a full week off.
“They know how important it is,” Spinello said. “They make this commitment to achieve our goals.”