by Matt Delaney
As George Mason’s varsity girls soccer team hones their chemistry in the early portion of the season, they’ll have off days like their 3-3 tie to Warren County High School last Friday and they’ll have their good days like the 8-0 win over Strasburg High School the following Tuesday.
Against Warren County, the Mustangs found a team ready to challenge their eight year reign atop Conference 35. The Wildcats were as aggressive as they were opportunistic and took advantage of a Mustang team that seemed out of sorts with themselves while on the road.
Head coach Allison Klink acknowledged that Mason getting their bell rung by a hungry team caused the tie, but sees the obstacle as another opportunity to grow just as she did with the disappointing loss to Yorktown High School in the season opener.
“Warren County came to play, and it was hard for our team but it was good for us,” Klink said. “Those kind of games put things into perspective…it just shows us that we can’t come out and expect to win.”
What a difference the weekend makes. After teamwork had gone awry against Warren County, Mason made a strong statement with a blowout win over Strasburg at home on Tuesday, April 5.
Senior midfielder Corinne Carson got things started quickly after scoring two minutes in on a point-blank shot. A bobbled save by Strasburg’s goalkeeper allowed senior midfielder Kate Mills to swoop in for another Mason goal eight minutes into the game. A one-timer by junior midfielder Rebecca Crouch, another by Carson and then second goal for Crouch moments later had the Mustangs up 5-0 and well on their way to a rout. Sophomore forward Izzy Armstrong, freshman midfielder Maura Mann and senior defender Clara Frost tallied the remaining goals for Mason.
One win isn’t enough to proclaim Mason’s chemistry is totally fortified, but it’s a step in the right direction. Knowing they can’t take opponents for granted keeps the Mustangs on their toes and, subsequently, brings out their best effort.
“[Against Warren County] we weren’t playing together. Everyone was rushing to score and they were capitalizing off our mistakes,” Crouch said. “But yesterday at practice we did well and this win [against Strasburg] really helped us learn how to play together, so hopefully we keep it up.”
Mason will continue to find their groove as the season progresses with their next test being a visit to Madison County High School on Friday, April 8.