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Riverheads Falls 4-1 to Defending State Champion George Mason

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James Kasak scores for Riverheads James Kasak scores for Riverheads
RADFORD, Va (WIVR) - Riverheads lost 4-1 to defending state champion George Mason in the boys soccer 2A state finals Saturday.

It was scoreless after one half of play but a hand ball penalty by the Gladiators flipped the tables in the Mustangs favor.

Paul Darmstadter drove home the penalty kick for Mason in the 47th minute, which gave Mason a 1-0 lead.

Rinaldo Martina was red carded on the penalty, which forced Riverheads to play a man down the rest of the match. 

Just minutes later Darmstadter rolled another goal into the near post off an assist from Grant Goodwin to make it 2-0.

Later in the match Raheem Lawal made it a 3-0 game by punching it into the far post.

Riverheads were able to score late in the game, as Elijah Knopp would cross it into the box for James Kasak, who drilled it in the top of the net for the Gladiators lone goal.

Riverheads finished a very successful season with a record of 21-3.

Senior Sam Goodson says "We had a ton of goals coming into the season. You got to win the district. Get to region. And then once we got to state it was just...I never would of dreamed. I've played travel soccer before. I've been in this situation before but with a high school team. This is my favorite groups of guys I've ever played with. I love it. It was the best game I ever played. Couldn't of asked for anything better."

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