LAFAYETTE — Since Day 1 of the 2015 season, the Dawson School girls soccer team has been eagerly awaiting its first shot at the postseason under the first-ever 2A classification.
The chance of that opportunity arriving on schedule Friday was very much in peril. But the Dawson girls felt that no amount of rain, no length of delay or quality of opposition should stop them from collecting their first 2A playoff win at home on Friday evening. Also determined to tally its first postseason victory under third-year head coach David Martinez, the Dawson girls were on a mission.
As events across the state were being cancelled or rescheduled because of heavy rain, the sixth-seeded team from Colorado Rocky Mountain School (7-5-1) made the trip all the way from Carbondale to take on third-seeded Dawson (10-6) in the pouring rain.
Dawson came through with a water-logged 4-0 rout. Mission accomplished.
“We know this opportunity doesn’t come that often and we were pumped even though it was raining,” Dawson senior captain Morgan Powers said. “We’ve been waiting for this game for so long, we didn’t care that it was soaking wet. We wanted to do this today. We just wanted to have fun with it and we came out here and played our best.”
It took just 20 minutes for Dawson to kick off the scoring in the form of a shot from sophomore Hannah Isenhart that glanced of Colorado Rocky Mountain goalkeeper Serena Blake’s hands. Resulting from a handball called on a Colorado Rocky Mountain defender inside her own 18-yard box, Powers widened the lead with a penalty kick goal 13 minutes later.
Dawson held a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime, which was shortened in an attempt to avoid potentially worsening weather.
“We were a little faster-paced in the beginning because things started to get pretty sloppy near the end,” Powers said. “The ball wasn’t even rolling in some areas because it would just hit a puddle. We’ve been practicing out in the rain and we kind of knew what that ball was going to do, how it was going to skip, so we could be prepared to play as fast as we could while remaining under control.”
In the 60th minute, sophomore Sophie Brussell scored to put Dawson up 3-0 and then scored the final goal of the game in the 65th minute. As the field conditions worsened after that, play slowed. But by the end, Dawson had won its first playoff game since 2011.
“This is definitely an exciting time for us and it’s been a long time coming,” Martinez said. “We’ve finally developed a program that’s competitive. We’re definitely excited because it’s a step in the right direction and we’re just waiting to see who’s next.”
Blake finished with eight saves while Dawson goalkeeper Nicole Towner made three.
Colorado Rocky Mountain defeated 11th-seeded Resurrection Christian 1-0 in the first round on Tuesday. As the third overall seed, Dawson had a first-round bye. Dawson will face second-seeded Front Range Christian (14-1-1) in the semifinals at All-City Stadium in Denver on Wednesday.
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Dawson School 4, Colorado Rocky Mountain School 0
At Dawson School
Colorado Rocky Mountain (7-5-1) 0 0 — 0
Dawson (10-6) 2 2 — 4
Goals (assists) — Dawson: Hannah Isenhart (unassisted), 20th minute; Morgan Powers (penalty kick), 33rd minute; Sophie Brussell (Powers), 60th minute; Brussell (unassisted), 65th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado Rocky Mountain: Serena Blake (80-4-8); Dawson: Nicole Towner (80-0-3).