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Mason Boys Soccer in Regional Semifinals Tonight at Buckingham

The George Mason High School boys soccer team continues to march through the posteason. The Mustangs outlasted Central Woodstock High 2-0 at home on Monday in the Region B quarterfinals.

The team advances to the Region B semifinals tonight at Buckingham.

Against Central Woodstock, Mason planned to jump out ahead fast. However, Central Woodstock put up a frustrating defensive wall, slowing the Mustang attack despite numerous chances and outshooting their opponents.

“We pretty much had control of the match the entire way,” said Mason head coach Frank Spinello.

Mason did score twice in the second half to seal the deal.

The first goal came off a Patrick Rollo header from an Eion Oosterbaan corner kick that found the back of the net.
“He just headed it with authority,” Spinello said of the shot.

The second goal also came off an Oosterbaan assist, and this time it was Jordan Robarge connecting from 30 yards out.
As for Wednesday’s opponent Buckingham, Spinello said that Mason had never faced them before. He also believed that the opponent hadn’t advanced this far into the playoffs in the previous seasons.

As against most opponents, Spinello looks for his team to come out fast and put the other side away as early as possible. The coach said that his philosophy comes from being the two-time defending champs.

“We need to come out and play fearless,” Spinello said. “We have a bulls-eye on our backs. The longer we let them stick around, the more confidence they get.”

George Mason now sports a record of 14-5. Tonights’s match is an elimination game, but a Mustang victory may mean a rematch with rival Manassas Park on Friday. George Mason and Masnassas Park have faced each other three times this season, which Manassas Park having won the last two meetings, the most recent being the Bull Run District finals late last month.
The Region B finals take place on Friday.