George Mason High School’s boys soccer team maintained its undefeated momentum as it rolled through Clarke County High School, 6-0, and Rappahannock County High School 10-0.
It’s barely a surprise that Mason (10-0-1) has returned to its previous championship form that’s guided the team to six Class 2 state titles in the past nine years. But the speed and near immediacy of their rediscovered prowess is what is leaving observers wondering – with mostly the same group of players from last year’s regional-opening exit – how a team that couldn’t tally a goal in its biggest game a season ago is suddenly ending games 20 minutes early with perceivable ease.
“This is the deepest team we’ve ever had,” Mason head coach Frank Spinello said following Mason’s win over Madison County last week. “We have a ton of guys on the bench that we call reinforcements that can be inserted into any line up and perform. It’s really pleasing to see as a coach.”
A hardy roster was advantageous against Clarke County on April 27. While it took until the 24th minute for Mason to get on the board with sophomore midfielder Cole Hellert’s long distance chip-in, the Mustangs only built on the lead from there.
Sophomore forward Alex Kryazhev drew a penalty in the box in the 62nd minute to set up senior midfielder Carlos Mercado’s penalty kick to go up 2-0. Mercado knocked in two more goals in nine minutes before sophomore midfielder Corwin Miller and freshman forward Smith Kraft tallied the final two scores.
The win over Rappahannock County on Tuesday night was a business-as-usual affair for the Mustangs. Earlier in April, Mason trampled the visiting Panthers for a 24-0 win before the game was called off at the 60 minute mark. This time around, the Mustangs weren’t as aggressive, opting for a mere 10-0 win with Mercado contributing three goals, junior midfielder Nick Wells with two while senior defender Tim Andrianarison, sophomore midfielder Zorhan Boston, junior forward Detsl Antenzana along with Kraft and Miller each with goals.
The Mustangs will host Strasburg High School Friday night.