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5 in a Row: Mason Boys Soccer Stomps Strasburg

oosterbanThe sun has just finished setting Tuesday night, as the second half of George Mason High School boys soccer game against Strasburg High School started. But the half would not last long.
The game ended almost 20 minutes earlier than expected, with Mason outscoring Strasburg, 8-0. According to Bull Run District rules, a game can end 20 minutes early or less if there is 8-goal difference on the score.

The sun has just finished setting Tuesday night, as the second half of George Mason High School boys soccer game against Strasburg High School started. But the half would not last long.
The game ended almost 20 minutes earlier than expected, with Mason outscoring Strasburg, 8-0. According to Bull Run District rules, a game can end 20 minutes early or less if there is 8-goal difference on the score.

“It’s really not hard with this group because they work hard every day, and they want to get all the players involved and see all the players succeed,” Mason coach Frank Spinello said. “It kind of motivates them to do their job a little bit better.”

Mason’s stomp over Strasburg was their fifth win in a row. Win the victory, the Mustangs reaffirmed their position at the top of the Bull Run.

“We feel like we can compete against anybody,” Spinello said. “If we get a good lead against somebody, we will work on things we might need to use later on the season.”

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MASON JUNIOR Eion Oosterbaan scored two goals and added three assists in the Mustangs’ 8-0 drubbing of Strasburg Tuesday. (Photo: Tracy Black)

Strasburg struggled to get the ball past midfield while Mason had possession a majority of the time, controlling the pace of the game and creating opportunities for all players to collaborate on the victory.

“We feel like we can take a player out of the game, because they have advanced so much earlier in the game that when the next guy comes on, he wants to have the same success,” Spinello said.

Even senior goalkeeper Tyler Back had a chance to switch his jersey, and play forward. Back didn’t score, but he contributed with an assist on senior Dane Warner’s goal.

Senior Jordan Robarge led the Mustangs with three goals.

“[Robarge] is critical for our team,” Spinello said. “His attitude has been to get all the players involved, and make the players around him better. He has really taken a leadership position on that role. If he is not the best, he is one of the top players in our league by far.”

Junior Eion Oosterbaan tipped in two goals and three assists. Senior Harris Schaffer, Erik Carlson and Warner each added a goal.

The boys are back on the field tonight in a non-district game against South Lakes High School.

“Of course we are going to play to win, but we are probably try a few people in different spots and a few player combinations to try to have some experience down the road,” Spinello said.

After tonight’s game, the Mustangs go back to their district schedule against Rappahannock County High School on Friday.