by Liz Lizama
The George Mason High School girls soccer team wrapped up their regular season with an 8-0 win over Strasburg High School on Thursday before sweeping through the Bull Run District tournament to advance to the championship game tonight. Mason’s Mustangs defeated Rappahannock County High School 8-0 in the quarterfinal on Monday and Warren County High School 8-0 in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Last week, Mason travelled to Strasburg for their final regular season game where they shut out the Rams. Forward/midfielders Corinne Carson (junior) and Victoria Rund (freshman) led the Mustangs in scoring with two goals apiece. Forward/midfielders Ava Roth (senior), Becca Crouch (sophomore), Izzy Armstrong (freshman) and junior midfielder Melissa Johnson each contributed one goal.
The Strasburg win brought the Mustang regular season record to 17-0. With an undefeated record, Mason earned hosting privileges for this week’s post-season games.
After an hour thunder and lightning delay on Monday, Mason played Rappahannock County in the Bull Run District quarterfinals. The Mustangs dominated early into the game, scoring all eight goals in the first half. The eight-goal differential initiated the slaughter rule, which ended the game 20 minutes early.
Roth led the team against the Panthers with three goals and two assists followed by Carson also with three goals and one assist. Armstrong and senior defense Jessica Gemond contributed to Mason’s scoreboard with one goal apiece.
Mason continued on to the semifinals playing Warren County on Tuesday. Freshman defense Caroline Stricker scored the first goal for Mason just four minutes into the game. At half time, the Mustangs led 5-0.
Mason added three more goals in the second half to reach the eight-goal differential, ending the game 20 minutes early in yet another slaughter rule win for the Mustangs.
Roth scored half of Mason’s goals with four. Adding to Roth and Stricker’s efforts, Crouch, Gemond and Mills each scored one goal against the Wildcats.
Head coach Jennifer Parsons was pleased with the team’s quick performance in recent games. “We are keeping possession very well as we attack, and our speed of play on and off the ball makes it very difficult for our opponents to deal with,” she said. “Our decision-making in the attacking third has also noticeably improved this week, and we are capitalizing on our chances more frequently.”
Clarke County High School and William Monroe High School played on Wednesday night for the other spot in the Bull Run District final but results were not yet available at press time. The winner of that game will face the Mustangs for the Bull Run District title tonight at 5 p.m. at Mason.
“There is a sense of excitement and positivity amongst the team as we have started the post-season,” said Parsons.“They are determined to have the opportunity to defend their championships.”