MASON – Brett Beaune had no soccer experience prior to joining Mason’s team this season.
The transition to the sport for the Bulldog junior goalkeeper has been going well with his teammates constantly making things happen in front of him.
That again was the case on a rainy Wednesday evening as No. 8-ranked Mason kept its season alive with a 5-0 victory over Trenton in a Division 2 regional semifinal on its home field.
“The back line is killing it and they’re making my job easier,” said Beaune, who was talked into coming out for the team and playing goalie by a couple of friends.
“It’s great and it’s a blessing just to go out there and be a part of it.”
Mason (21-3) hasn’t allowed a goal in its four state tournament games after Wednesday’s shutout. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 18-0 in the postseason, although Mason coach Nick Binder said the conditions played a part in some of Wednesday’s goals for his team.
“Credit to our back line and to Brett and what they’ve done,” Binder said. “We kind of moved some guys around halfway through the year and I think we’ve figured some things out certainly. We’ve got a lot of experience on the back line with some tremendous players and obviously Brett is making the saves that he has to and that’s important.”
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The Bulldogs also controlled play and Trenton had few major scoring threats Wednesday.
“Obviously the best defense is offense, so if we’re constantly on the attack he doesn’t face many shots and it works out,” said Mason senior Holden Dippel, who had a pair of goals.
Gaven Smith, Christian Jordan and Jarod Chrome also had goals to put Mason a win away from capturing its second straight regional title and making a return trip to the state semifinals.
Smith scored just under 15 minutes into the game and John Kingman set up a goal by Jordan with 11:43 remaining in the first half. Dippel scored on a penalty kick with 4:05 left in the opening half to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
Dippel scored again early in the second half and Chrome added a late goal to cap the scoring for Mason.
“I think the most important part is we’re paying our best soccer right now,” Dippel said. “For the past month I think we’ve been playing great. It’s been a really good time.”
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