By Drew Costley
George Mason High School’s girls varsity soccer team capped off an undefeated regular season with a 6-1 win over William Monroe High School on Tuesday. It was also the first time the George Mason Mustangs (16-0, 16-0) went undefeated against Bull Run District opponents since 2011. The Mustangs are the regular season district champions and the top seed in the Conference 35 tournament.
George Mason Head Coach Jennifer Parsons said she thinks her team had to be “very special” to go undefeated this season.
“It takes a lot of internal motivation to consistently improve, compete, and win,” Parsons said. “When you don’t have to deal with a loss during the season, you can sometimes overlook the areas that need improvement and not realize your weaknesses.”
The Mustangs outscored their opponents 127-6 and defeated opponents by an average of more than seven goals this season.
“I really think that this team is one of the best all-around girls soccer teams that has ever come through George Mason, at least in my experience,” Parsons said. “The amount of depth we have in each position as well as individual talent is really remarkable.”
The William Monroe Dragons (15-3, 15-3), the second-place team in the Bull Run District, were the best team the Mustangs faced this year, according to Parsons.
“Monroe is a physical team, with a strong defense. I thought we did a good job of pulling them out of position, forcing them to make mistakes, especially as the game went on past the first half,” Parsons said. “We created great offensive opportunities with our movement off the ball, and each of the players working to create a dangerous option.”
It took eight corner kicks and 35 minutes for the Mustangs to score. Freshman forward Rebecca Crouch launched a pass from the corner into the penalty box, where senior midfielder/forward Claire Trevisan received it and took a shot at goal. That shot was deflected by a Dragons defender to sophomore midfielder/defender Corinne Carson, who knocked in the rebound from inside the goal box.
The score was 1-0 at halftime, just as it was in the Mustangs’ first meeting with the Dragons this season. Parsons said they relived their feeling from the first match at halftime on Tuesday.
“We wanted to put them on their heels from the start of the second half,” Parsons said. “My team was determined to earn a decisive win … and they were all very motivated to continuously create dangerous offensive opportunities throughout the game.”
Junior midfielder/forward Ava Roth displayed the Mustangs’ determination with a goal, assisted by Trevisan, in the first 15 seconds of the second half. Crouch scored the Mustangs’ third and fifth goals of the game, assisted by sophomore midfielder Ella Howard and senior forward/midfielder Camille Rice, respectively. Trevisan scored the team’s fourth goal of the game, assisted by Roth. Rice scored the sixth and final goal of the game, assisted by Carson.
The Mustangs took less than a minute to score their first goal in their 9-0 win over Strasburg High School last Friday. Howard scored an unassisted goal in the first 28 seconds of the game, Parsons said.
“The girls played with a lot of speed, and a very high work rate,” Parsons said. “When we play a fast-paced game, it is very difficult for our opponents to defend.”
Sophomore midfielder/forward Kate Mills scored the Mustangs’ second goal unassisted. Roth scored the third goal of the game, assisted by Trevisan. Trevisan also had the assist on the fourth goal of the game, which was scored by Mills.
Trevisan scored the fifth goal of the game, assisted by Rice. Crouch scored the sixth goal of the game, assisted by Trevisan. Crouch then assisted with the seventh goal of the game, which was scored by Mills. Trevisan scored the eighth goal of the game, assisted by Roth. Senior goalkeeper Rebecca Moot, who saw some on-field action against the Strasburg Rams (3-13, 3-13), scored the ninth and final goal of the match.
The Mustangs have home-field advantage in the Conference 35 tournament, which they start on Monday with a match against Page County High School.