George Mason senior midfielder Becky Roa scored twice yesterday to lead the Mustangs to a 7-0 victory against host Buffalo Gap in the Virginia Region B soccer semifinals. Just a minute after Roa scored the game's first goal in the 10th minute she struck again en route to building a 4-0 lead before halftime.
"Buffalo Gap played with a lot of energy and they didn't back off," George Mason Coach Clifford Carroll said. "But we finished our goal-scoring opportunities and every time we got a chance we hit the back of the net."
Senior midfielder and leading scorer Alison Penland (15 goals, 16 assists) finished the first half scoring for George Mason (14-7-1), which benefited from the strong play of junior defender Rachel Sweeney. Along with her sister, freshman defender Roxanne Sweeney, and freshman marking back Katie Turner, Rachel Sweeney helped limit Buffalo Gap's scoring chances to just one in the first half. George Mason will face Clarke County today in the region final at 7 p.m. at Clarke County.
"We feel like we are playing our best soccer right now," Carroll said. "Clarke County has beaten us three times but we feel like we can play with them now."
The George Mason boys' soccer team extended its winning streak to 12 last night by defeating Goochland, 5-0, in the Virginia A Region B semifinals. The Mustangs (15-2-1) have won 15 of their last 16, and will travel to Clarke County today at 5 p.m. for the Region B final against the Eagles. In last night's match, senior forward and leading scorer Pete Hamill (22 goals) scored two goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The Gonzaga rugby team recently finished sixth in the 16-team USA Rugby national championships in North Richland Hills, Tex. It was the highest finish for the Eagles (13-3) since coming in third in 1998. The Hyde School, which scored in the final minute of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union tournament semifinals to earn a berth to the national tournament, finished 15th.
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