LAFAYETTE — Dawson School soccer coach John Siegrist is still learning what he has to work with this season.
Early on, not only is it about trying to get results, but he also has the ability to tinker with and adjust a line up that will sometimes have as many as six freshman on the field at one time.
On Thursday afternoon, Siegrist might have accidently stumbled onto a formation that works well. Late in the match against Denver Christian, his junior forward Jorge Veraza was red-carded and sent to the bench.
In the waning moment of the match and then the two 10-minute overtime periods, Dawson played on the front foot — moving to a 4-4-1 formation — and had the Thunder on their heels.
Although they weren't able to finish, Dawson will move on with their heads held high after a 0-0 draw in their second match of the season.
"It seemed to work fine and know we have to think about a 4-4-2," said Siegrist, whose team is now 0-1-1. "Sometimes the mix of players will help you in certain formations, but all in all today was good."
After getting beat 4-1 in their opener by William Smith, Dawson was on its heels early on against the winless Thunder (0-3-1). Denver Christian's front running tandem of Sergio Mukokomani and Tyron Booysen were able to create space behind the Mustangs defense, but never really created quality scoring opportunities.
Dawson's steady four man back line of Jack Shams, Kyle Sudol, Timmy Cropanzano and Rio Sueyoshi recovered well and limited the Thunder to just four shots against freshman keeper Tony Aieta — who really only had one save of the challenging variety.
"All credit goes to coach, he gave us a great speech and he pulled us back a little bit, we were going a little too hard," said Shams, the clear vocal leader of the Dawson defense. "we just focused on the little things and Rio was playing great out of the back, (Jesse) Isenhart had some great balls and everyone just picked up their play."
In the second overtime, Dawson created the best two scoring chances of the match and they both came from the freshman Isenhart.
His tough angle shot appeared to beat Thunder goalie Crosby Harris to the far post, but Harris got enough of it to deflect it off the underside of his cross bar.
With just two and half minutes left he headed Sueyoshi's well-placed cross just wide.
"We got six freshman and getting them comfortable, so their not wide-eyed is the key for us," Siegrist said. "They are getting there. The practices are good, everybody is showing up and we are close."
Dawson will be back in action on Friday afternoon at home against Class 3A No. 10 The Academy at 4 p.m.
DAWSON SCHOOL 0, DENVER CHRISTIAN 0, 2OT
At Dawson SchoolDenver Christian (0-3-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Denver Christian: Crosby Harris (100-0-3); Dawson School: Tony Aieta (100-0-4).