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Soccer ‘Stangs Net Two Victories, Prepare for May 6 Benefit Game

The George Mason High School boys soccer team continues strong in the Bull Run district as the Mustangs add two victories against Rappahannock County High School, 6-0, on Friday, April 29, and Clarke County High School, 3-2, Tuesday, May 3.

The George Mason High School boys soccer team continues strong in the Bull Run district as the Mustangs add two victories against Rappahannock County High School, 6-0, on Friday, April 29, and Clarke County High School, 3-2, Tuesday, May 3.

The Mustangs beat Rappahannock easily. Junior Eion Oosterbann and freshman Cole Hinson had two goals each. Senior Patrick Rollo and freshman Paul Darmstadter added one goal each.

Senior Tyler Back finished the game with 8 saves.

“The defense played extremely tough again and did not allow any quality chances on our goal,” said Mason coach Frank Spinello about the game against Rappahannock.

On Tuesday, the Mustangs had a closer game with the rival Clarke County.

The Mustangs started scoring early in the game, with a goal by senior Harris Schaffer in the fourth minute. Hinson added another goal for the Mustangs 20 minutes later.

The Mustangs lost an important player when Schaffer had to step out of the field to get stitches. Schaffer went up for a header and hit heads with a Clarke player. Schaffer ended up getting six stitches above his left eye.

“With the loss of a player as valuable as Harris the team got a little complacent,” Spinello said.

Clarke fought back and tied the game midway through the second half, taking the game to overtime.

The Mustangs scored during the first overtime with an assist by Hinson finalized by senior Jordan Robarge.

“It was a brilliant play by Cole who had the vision and skill to make it happen,” said Spinello about Cole’s assist. “He definitely does not play like a freshman. He is a special player, luckily we will have him for four years.”

The defense was important in the victory against Clarke.

“[Junior] Brendan Fribley had an outstanding match,” Spinello said. “He made a lot of key defensive plays for us tonight.”

Senior Tyler Back had 14 saves in the game.

“Tyler Back showed again why he is clearly the best goalkeeper in the state,” Spinello said. “Tyler is an exceptional player and he has the ability to make the impossible saves look easy.”

The Mustangs come back to their home field on Friday, May 6, on a benefit non-district game against South Lakes High School at 7 p.m. All money paid to enter the game along with any donations will be donated to the Ty Lewis Cancer Foundation.

The Ty Lewis Cancer Foundation raises money to benefit families that struggle with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Ty Lewis played and coached soccer for many years. Lewis played in high school at South Lakes and in college with Mason coach Spinello. He passed away recently from Stage 4 Colon cancer.

To learn more about the foundation, visit thetylewiscancerfoundation.weebly.com