Mark Beeler battles with George Mason for control of the ball in their match last week.

The Madison County boys soccer team hosted George Mason last Tuesday night and was taken down 7-1.

George Mason established control of the game early on by controlling the ball in its half of the field. This led to Mustangs junior striker Cole Miller getting his team on the scoreboard first with a header eight minutes into the game.

With the Mountaineers unable to respond to the early goal while struggling to maintain possession of the ball, George Mason (8-1-1) was able to capitalize. The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute on a goal by freshman Yasin Shams, and extended their advantage to 4-0 in the final 12 minutes of the first half on goals by Hunter Broxson and Smith Kraft.

Madison (0-10) managed to get off a shot on goal in the opening minutes of the second half, but could not capitalize. As the Mountaineers’ scoring drought continued, George Mason added goals by Declan Quill, Hunter Broxson and Yasin Shams, respectively, to effectively put an end to the proceedings.

Despite Geoge Mason’s constant attack on goal, Madison goalie Brian Metz finished the evening with multiple saves.

“[George Mason] had over 20 shots against us, so when you have that many shots a few are going to go in,” Madison head coach Frank Herman said. “Brian did a good job with what he could get his hands on back there.”

Although the Mountaineers were down 7-0, they pushed hard and drew a foul in the penalty box in the game’s 68th minute. Senior Zach McLearen drilled the penalty shot into the back of the net to provide Madison with its lone goal in the contest.

Madison’s game against Rappahannock was canceled due to weather. The team was scheduled to travel to Central Woodstock Tuesday and will return home Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a game against Clarke.

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