After a long Spring Break, the George Mason High School girls soccer team quickly got into high gear on Tuesday.
The Mustangs throttled Strasburg 8-0 on the road. The win improves Mason’s record to 5-4 overall, and the team has won three consecutive games by a combined score of 23-0.
The Mustangs only held a 2-0 lead at half time before rolling in the second frame.
“Coming out of break, I was happy with how fast-paced we played,” said Mason head coach Jennifer Parsons. “We really set the tempo of the game. Their energy was really good.”
Leah Roth lead the way with three goals.
The Mustangs went through an 11-day layoff due to Spring Break. Because some students went out of the area, practices were not even possible.
On Monday, Parsons put her squad through a rigorous workout, getting the Mustangs back in shape mentally as well as physically as Bull Run District play resumes.
“I think they did a really good job,” Parsons said of her team’s ability to refocus against Strasburg.
Next up is Rappahannock County at home on Friday, which Parsons says she has not had a chance to follow closely yet this season.
“I’m not sure what to expect,” she admitted. “Our big focus is Clarke. We’re trying to set the tempo, have a set mentality.”
By “Clarke,” Parsons is referring to, of course, rival Clarke County. Mason hosts Clarke next Tuesday at home. This should be the second battle between these two rivals, but an early match at Clarke was rained out and has been rescheduled for May.
“That’s a huge game for us,” said Parsons of the Tuesday showdown. “They’ve always been our rival.”
While Mason has a number of seniors looking for a fourth consecutive title, Parsons is aware that Clarke has seniors too, who are hungry and motivated.
“We know they and want to beat us,” the coach said.
Mason next takes the field against Rappahannock at home on Friday at 7 p.m. The team then welcomes Clarke County on Tuesday at 7 p.m.