The George Mason High School girls soccer team’s quest for a fourth consecutive state title has only one more weekend remaining.
The Mustangs knocked off Northampton High School 15-0 in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday. The team now gears up for the semifinals this Friday.
“It’s going to take a lot,” said Mason head coach Jennifer Parsons of prepping for the season’s final weekend. “Anything can happen in the final four.”
The state finals are Saturday. Both the semifinals and the finals are at Radford University.
The Mustangs’ quarterfinal match against Northampton was a mismatched from the outset, as Northampton’s Group A lacks the competitive depth of Mason’s Group B designation.
“Their region is smaller than our district,” Parsons said.
At this level, there is no typical eight-goal rule, where the officials call the game once the score becomes too lopsided. Parsons doesn’t relish running up the score, but still stressed keeping her team focused with the season’s finish line just ahead.
“It’s difficult,” the coach said. “It’s a game you have to win. You prepare for it like any opponent. We focus on what we need to do. We play hard for each other and work hard for each other.”
Parsons added that she liked what she saw out on the field on Tuesday.
“They’ve come together as a team,” she said. “We’re connecting on almost all of our scoring opportunities. That’s where you want to be.”
She also added that the score was 6-0 at half before a second half onslaught.
“Almost every player had a piece in a goal,” Parsons said.
During the victory against Northampton, junior Leah Roth reached the 100 goal mark for her career, matching that of senior teammate Violet Miller, who eclipsed 100 goals for a career the previous week.
“I’m really happy for her,” Parsons said.
Last Friday, Mason defeated Bull Run District rival Clarke County 2-1 to win the Region B title. During the victory, Miller went over the 100 assist mark for a career. With Clarke advancing to the other state semifinal on Friday, there’s a chance the two schools could meet again for a fifth time on Saturday.
The Mustangs earlier knocked off Riverheads High 10-0 last week in the Region B semifinals.
With the state final four this weekend, Parsons has know doubt her girls are ready.
“They know how to win state games,” she said.