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Mason Girls Soccer Breezes Past Scoreless Manassas Park

The George Mason High School girls’ soccer team just keeps rolling, even if the team’s coach has fallen on the injured list.

The George Mason High School girls’ soccer team just keeps rolling, even if the team’s coach has fallen on the injured list.

With head coach Jennifer Parsons staying home to get an MRI on her recently injured foot, the Mustangs blew past Manassas Park 8-0.

“I don’t know the last time I missed a game,” Parsons said from home after the match. She injured her foot playing soccer. “It was tough.”

What wasn’t tough was the road game at Manassas Park. Leah Roth scored three goals, Maggie Mascarenhas had two and Violet Miller, Eille Silverman and Claire Trevisan each added one. The game was called because of the mercy rule.

Assistant coach Allison Moriarity filled in for Parsons.

“We had a slow start,” Moriarity said. “That’s been pretty typical of our season. As soon as they get that first goal they start connecting.”

Starting slow has been a common occurrence for Mason.

“That’s definitely something we’re working on,” Parsons said. “It takes a little bit of time. You don’t want to peak too early.”

Mason now stands at 9-4 overall, having won seven consecutive matches by a combined score of 47-1.

On Wednesday after deadline, the Mustangs headed to rival Clarke for a make up date of a match that was postponed because of weather earlier this season.

Clarke has played significantly fewer games because of weather, and this match will go a long way toward determining who gets home field advantage in the Bull Run District tournament. Mason was forced two play back-to-back road games, but Parsons sees the experience as a good tune up for the more strenuous postseason.

“We’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Parsons said.

Clarke’s field, a pitch of tall grass pock-marked with divots, might be an advantage for the home team. Mason plays on a much faster artificial turf field.

“It doesn’t do well with water,” Parsons said, adding that she’s had the team practice on a grass field. “It can be a bit of a swamp. It does take a while to adjust. We’d rather be at home.”

While Parsons doesn’t plan to miss any more games this seasons, she was confident in Moriarity on Tuesday, as well as in the leadership on the Mason squad.

“They know how to get it done.”

Mason’s next home match is Senior Night on Monday at 7 p.m.