By Brad Fauber
STRASBURG -- George Mason's girls soccer team was focused on fine tuning some aspects of its game in Monday's rain-soaked match against Strasburg.
The Mustangs, who had their eyes on today's highly anticipated Bull Run District showdown with William Monroe, seemed to work out any kinks they may have had against the Rams. George Mason, despite the wet field conditions, scored goals at a breakneck pace on Monday as the six-time defending state champion rolled past Strasburg, 12-0.
"We've been working on some things coming off spring break, and tonight definitely a lot of those things came together in terms of things like going to goal," Mustangs coach Jenn Parsons said.
"I thought for the conditions they really came out after it and really capitalized on a lot of their chances."
The Mustangs (9-0 overall and in the Bull Run) needed little time to put the game out of reach against the struggling Rams (1-9 overall/Bull Run). George Mason held a comfortable 6-0 lead after just 15 minutes of play.
Five different players scored for the Mustangs in the win and four tallied at least two goals. Senior midfielder Claire Trevisan led the way with four goals and junior forward Ava Roth had three for George Mason.
Trevisan got the Mustangs going early, as she converted her first goal of the night from the center of the penalty box off a corner kick from teammate Camille Rice just four minutes into the match.
"This field is a little more narrow than the one we have at home, so we set up farther back. I was pretty far back and I just watched it come and ran right and made sure I made contact. A lot of times you whiff it, but it worked out, so it was good," Trevisan said.
Trevisan notched her second goal just three minutes later as she fired a shot into an open net after Strasburg goalkeeper Haley Bischoff (nine saves) charged towards Trevisan as she pushed into the box.
Sophomore speedster Corinne Carson scored the first of her two goals one minute later to put George Mason up 3-0, and Roth scored back-to-back goals in a one-minute span to give the Mustangs a five-goal lead.
Sophomore Ella Howard scored her only goal of the night in the 15th minute to give George Mason a 6-0 lead.
"We definitely knew what to expect going into the game and there were definitely things that we wanted to focus on today. I feel like at first we were there, and then we lost our sense of positioning out there," Rams coach Katherine Klus said.
Trevisan, Roth and Carson each added goals to close out the first half to send the Mustangs into halftime with a 9-0 lead.
George Mason held a 31-2 shot advantage in the match.
"I think we knew with the conditions and everything, we just wanted to get it done as quick as possible, so we came out with a lot of energy and I think that carried through for most of the game," Trevisan said.
The Mustangs tallied three more goals in the second half, as two goals by freshman Rebecca Crouch sandwiched Trevisan's fourth score of the evening before the match ended in the 60th minute due to the mercy rule.
Both coaches had discussed ending the match at halftime due to the poor weather conditions, but Klus said she left the final decision up to her team, which opted to play on.
"That says a ton about the girls in that they're always striving to work hard and do their best," Klus said. "They have a lot of pride in themselves they didn't want to quit. And because that option was presented to them, I feel like they had this whole new energy going into the second half."
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